“I’m So Busy” from Jerome Kern’s Have a Heart

As we promised, here is a restored rendition of the song “I’m So Busy” from a studio recording by John McGlinn, according the person who posted this clip on youtube. This is a duet from a secondary couple, Ted Sheldon and Lizzie O’Brien, sung here by Rebecca Luker and George Dvorsky.

We are also including the lyrics, courtesy of Wikisource:

Verse 1

I’ve always said
that the man I would wed
must be one who would work all the time.
One with ambition,
Who’d make it his mission,
to win a position sublime.
One whose chief pleasure would be making a fortune for me;
One who would toil all the day,
Down in the market and say:


Lizzie, Lizzie
I’m so busy,
Don’t know what to do.
Goodby dear, I’m off to the street,
Can’t stop now I’m cornering wheat.
I shall keep on till I’m dizzy
till the deal goes through.
Lizzie I’m so busy
I’m making a pile for you.

Verse 2

Don’t be deceived
if you’ve ever believed
that my taste for hard labor is small.
Stifle the lurking
Idea that I’m shirking,
I never stop working at all.
I may have loafed in the past,
But I am busy at last,
I’ve found employment and I’m
working away all the time.


Lizzie, Lizzie
I’m so busy,
Busy loving you.
That’s the job that suits me the best,
Though I never get any rest.
I shall keep on till I’m dizzy
But I shan’t get through.
Lizzie I’m so busy
So won’t you get busy too.