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"If I Only Had a Brain/Heart/Nerve" is a song from The Wizard of Oz. Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. It was sung by the Scarecrow, Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.

If I Only Had a Brain Lyrics


If I Only had a Brain


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 individ'le, In trouble or in pain.


With the thoughts you'd 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 nuffin' 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.

If I Only Had a Heart Lyrics


If I Only had a Heart

Tin Man:

When a man's an empty kettle he should be on his mettle, And yet I'm torn apart. Just because I'm presumin' that I could be kind-a-human, If I only had heart. I'd be tender - I'd be gentle and awful sentimental Regarding Love and Art. I'd be friends with the sparrows ... and the boys who shoots the arrows If I only had a heart. Picture me - a balcony. Above a voice sings low.

Unknown Woman:

Wherefore art thou, Romeo? 

Tin Man:

I hear a beat.... How sweet. Just to register emotion, jealousy - devotion, And really feel the part. I could stay young and chipper and I'd lock it with a zipper, If I only had a heart.

If I Only Had The Nerve Lyrics


If I Only had the Nerve

Cowardly Lion:

Yeh, it's sad, believe me, Missy When you're born to be a sissy Without the vim and verve

But I could show my prowess Be a lion, not a mouse If I only had the nerve

I'm afraid there's no denying I'm just an awful dandy-lion A fate I don't deserve

I'd be brave as a blizzard

Tin Man:

I'd be gentle as a lizard


I'd be clever as a gizzard


If the Wizard is a Wizard who will serve?


Then I'm sure to get a brain

Tin Man:

A heart,


A home,

Cowardly Lion:

The nerve


  • The last verse of "If I Only Had a Brain" only appears on the soundtrack, and disappeared from the movie along with a two-minute dance interlude:
    Gosh, it would be awful pleasin'/To reason out the reason/For things I can't explain/Then perhaps I'll deserve you/And be even worthy of you/If I only had a brain.

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