Give Me The Simple Life

Words & Music by Harry Ruby & Rube Bloom
Recorded by Julie London, 1959

   Em7     A7       D             B7
I don't believe in frettin' and grievin';

C#m7-5      F#7        Bm    D7
 Why mess around with strife?

   G        Gm      D            Bm7
I never was cut out to step and strut out.

E7           Em7   A7
Give me the simple life.

Em7           A7       D         B7
Some find it pleasant dining on pheasant.

C#m7-5       F#7          Bm    D7
Those things roll off my knife;

      G          Gm      D           Bm7
Just serve me tomatoes; and mashed potatoes;

E7           A7     D
Give me the simple life.


  Em7      A7       D
A cottage small is all I'm after,

Em7             A7           D
Not one that's spacious and wide.

  C#m7-5     F#7        Bm
A house that rings with joy and laughter

        E7        Em7    A7
And the ones you love inside.

Em7           A7         D          B7
Some like the high road, I like the low road,

C#m7-5        F#7        Bm    D7
Free from the care and strife.

       G          Gm     D         Bm7
Sounds corny and seedy, but yes, indeed-y;

E7           A7     D
Give me the simple life.

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