Writer(s): Jerome Kern / Oscar Hammerstein
From the musical Showboat
Once a wand’ring ne’er-do-well,
Just a vagrant strolling fellow I went my way,
Life’s but a joke to tell,
Like a lonely Punchinello, my role was gay,
But I knew the joke was aimless,
Time went on, I like the game less,
For you dear, somewhere like a spark divine,
And I kept wondering where the mind
Would come to me.
Then my thoughts return and I found you,
Here you are with my arms around you,
You will never know what you’ve meant to me,
You’re the prize that heaven has sent to me,
Here’s a bright and beautiful world all new,
Wrapped up in you.
You are love, here in my arms where you belong
And here you will stay, I’ll not let you away,
I’ll watch day after day with you.
You are spring, part of romance unfurled,
You taught me to see one truth forever true,
You are love, wonder of all the world,
Where you’ll go with me, heaven will always be.