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IT'S GREAT TO BE ALIVE From the Broadway Show "Texas, L'il Darlin'" (1949) (Johnny Mercer / Robert Emmett Dolan) Jo Stafford & Johnny Mercer - 1949 MERCER: It's great STAFFORD: To be alive MERCER: To work STAFFORD: From Nine to five Mercer: To have BOTH: A piece of land to farm M: It's great S: To be alive M: To have S: A car to drive M: And have B: Your baby on your arm M: In spite of bills and other minor ills S: Somehow we manage to survive M: It's great S: To be in love M: To have S: A roof above M: And watch B: The little ones arrive S: Your own descendants M: Deductable dependents B: It's great to be alive (Instrumental Break) S: It's great to be alive M: It's great to be here and kickin' S: To work from nine to five M: To hear an alarm clock tickin' S: And have a piece of land to farm M: It's really a kick to cultivate chickens M: On a little ol' farm S: It's great to be alive M: It's up to work and strivin' S: To have a car to drive M: Then take your girl to a drive-in S: And swing your baby on your arm M: To know that at five you're really arrivin' M: She'll be holding your arm M: Even though the bills just pile up by the million S: In spite of bills M: We manage to find the proper pills S: And other minor ills M: To lose the little ills S: Somehow me manage to survive M: Straight, that really is great M: That girl to love you S: It's great to be alive M: That roof above you S: To have a roof above M: E-specially with the little ones arrivin' S: To watch the little ones arrive M: And all that jive S: Your own descendants M: Your dee-sen-dants S: Deductable dependents M: In attendance B: It's great, it's great to be alive B: We're livin', thanksgivin' B: It's great to be alive **After the break, Mercer and Stafford's alternating lines overlap throughout the remainder of the song. (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2003)

    


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