Give Me The Simple Life

Composer Rube Bloom
Lyricist Harry Ruby
Year Written 1946
ABOUT Give Me The Simple Life
“Give Me The Simple Life” was written in 1946 for the film Wake Up and Dream, which starred John Payne and June Haver.


Folks are blessed who make the best of every day
Living by their own philosophy
Everyone beneath the sun must find a way
And I have found the only way for me

I don’t believe in frettin’ and grievin’
Why mess around with strife?
I never was cut out to step up and strut out
Give me the simple life

Some find it pleasant dining on pheasant
Those things roll off my knife
Just serve me tomatoes and mashed potatoes
Give me the simple life

Now a cottage small is all I’m after
Not one that’s spacious and wide
A house that rings with joy and laughter
And the ones that you love inside

Some like the high road, I like the low road
Free from the cares and strife
Sounds corny and seedy, but yes, indeedy
Give me the simple life

I greet the dawn when I awaken
The sky is clear up above
I like my scrambled eggs and bacon
Served by someone that I love

Life could be thrillin’ with one whose willin’
To be a farmers wife
Kids calling me pappy would make me so happy
Give me the simple life.

Session / Album Information


“Give Me The Simple Life” was recorded on December 22, 1954 and released in 1955 on the album Cloud 7.  The song was recorded earlier in the August 6 1954 session, but that version was not used.

Give Me The Simple Life

Listen to Give Me The Simple Life on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1955.

This recording released on:

  • 1955: Columbia LP 12″: CL 621 — Cloud 7
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 2004: Columbia CD: CK 85806 — Cloud 7
  • 2004: Jazz CD: 5060392000 — Cloud 7
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #9 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK9) Cloud 7

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