If I Only Had a Brain

Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Yip Harburg
Year Written
About If I Only Had a Brain
The song is, of course, from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. This song is sung by The Scarecrow, played by Ray Bolger.


I could while away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain

And my head, I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain

I’d unravel every riddle
For any individual
In trouble or in pain

With the thoughts you’ll be thinkin’
You could be another Lincoln
If you only had a brain

Oh, I could tell you why the ocean’s near the shore
I could think of things I never thunk before
And then I’d sit and think some more

I would not be just a nothin’
My head all full of stuffin’
My heart all full of pain

I would dance and be merry
Life would be a ding-a-derry
If I only had a brain

Gosh, it would be awful [Incomprehensible] To reason out the reason
For things I can’t explain

Then perhaps I’ll deserve your
And be even worthy of your
If I only had a brain

Session / Album Information


“If I Only Had a Brain” was recorded on June 3, 1998 and featured the Ralph Sharon Quartet, with Gray Sargent (guitar), Paul Langosch (bass) and Clayton Cameron (drums). The recording is a previously unreleased outtake from The Playground, released in 1998.

If I Only Had A Brain

Listen to If I Only Had A Brain on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2012.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

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