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I Never Knew I Had A Wonderful Wife Until the Town Went Dry

I Never Knew I Had A Wonderful Wife Until the Town Went Dry American History Social Studies Music

Albert von Tilzer (the same composer who wrote "Take Me Out to the Ball Game") composed the music for this popular Prohibition-era song - "I Never Knew I Had A Wonderful Wife (Until The Town Went Dry)." 

Here are the lyrics:

First Verse

Jonesy used to roam, stayed away from home,
He'd go out with the boys and leave his wifie all alone,
But when the town went dry, Jones began to cry,
"With no cafes or cabarets, I know I'm going to die."

For weeks it had him worried, but now he's feeling gay,
I heard him tell a friend of his while on the street today.
Say!

Chorus 1

I never knew I had a wonderful wife until the town went dry.
The way I spent my money on women was a crime,
I found that with my wife, I could have had a better time,
I'd send her to the country and I'd always yell hooray,
But I saw her picture in a bathing suit the other day,
I never knew I had a wonderful wife until the town went dry.

Second Verse

Jones began to stay, 'round the house all day,
His wifie wondered what it was that made him act that way.
He'd run out to the store, help her scrub the floor,
He'd hug her and he'd love her like he never did before.

His friends thought he was crazy, they told him that he was,
But Jones said if I'm crazy then I'm satisfied because

Chorus 2

I never knew I had a wonderful wife until the town went dry.
I used to make excuses and go out to the club,
And when I think of what I missed I knew I've been a dub,
To keep her shape I thought my wife used all those girlish tricks.
Since I stayed home, I've found out she's a perfect thirty-six.
I never knew I had a wonderful wife until the town went dry.

Follow the link to hear the song.

Click on the image for a much better view of the cover sheet.


Media Credits

"I Never Knew I Had A Wonderful Wife (Until The Town Went Dry)"

Music by Albert Von Tilzer

Words by Lew Brown

Published. 1919. by Broadway Music Corporation.

Library of Congress CALL/REPRODUCTION NUMBER  -  Music B-582

Image of song cover, on line through the Library of Congress and Duke University.

Public Domain

 

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