1919’s Broadway show La La Lucille! may be best known for bringing us Gershwin’s “Nobody But You” and least well known for giving us “The Love of a Wife.” Though it was cut from the show, it did get published along with several otherLa La Lucille! songs.
It is a march in 6/8 time and features a lyric which belies the apparent meaning of the song’s title. Buddy DeSylva and Arthur J. Jackson wrote the lyrics which are all an elaborate setup for the punchline at the end of the song.
Download the fake-book style sheet music PDF of “The Love of a Wife” here: The Love of a Wife
Lyrics to “The Love of a Wife” by Buddy DeSylva and Arthur J. Jackson
We’re of the big majority,speaking with much authority
of all that we have learned
where wifie is concerned.
If you’re a bachelor, lend an ear,
so we can make the matter clear:
In case you contemplate
the matrimonial state.
Chorus: Oh, the love of a wife is a wonderful thing.
Take it from us, take it from us: We’re sure!
Wives are much better for us
than the girls from the chorus
or the love of a sweet manicure.
All the hugs and all the kisses
that a fellow gets from his missus
are the kind that never fill him with regrets.
Oh, the love of a wife is a wonderful thing,
but it’s something that a husband never gets.