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Thread #16533   Message #2138985
Posted By: Jim Dixon
02-Sep-07 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lucky Jim (How I Envy Him)
Subject: Lyr Add: LUCKY JIM (C Horwitz, F Bowers)
This has a special interest for me, since the hero of Amis' novel was coincidentally named Jim Dixon. I can't say how much I resemble him, though.

Here are the lyrics, from the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music:

Words, Charles Horwitz. Music, Fredrick V. Bowers.
New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1896.

1. Jim and I as children played together.
Best of chums for many years were we.
I alas, had no luck, was a Jonah;
Jim my chum was lucky as could be.

CHORUS: Ah! Lucky Jim, how I envy him!
Ah! Lucky Jim, how I envy him!

2. Years passed by. Still Jim and I were comrades.
He and I both loved the same sweet maid.
She loved Jim and married him one evening.
Jim was lucky. I unlucky stayed.

3. Years rolled on and death took Jim away, boys,
Left his widow and she married me.
Now we're married, oft I think of Jim, boys,
Sleeping in the churchyard by the sea.