If I Only Had A BrainWords & Music by E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen
Recorded by Ray Bolger, 1939, in "Over the Rainbow"
D7 G Am 7 Bm7 C I could while away the hours conferrin' with the flowers, G Am7 Bm Bbm7 Consulting with the rain; C C/B Am7 Am7/G D D/C D/B And my head I'd be a scratchin' while my thoughts were busy hatchin' D7 G Am7 Bm7 D9 D7 if I only had a brain. D7 G Am 7 Bm7 C I'd unravel ev'ry riddle for any individdle G Am7 Bm7 Bbm7 In trouble or in pain C C/B Am7 Am7/G D D/C D/B With the thoughts that I'd be thinkin', I could be another Lincoln D7 G Am7 G G7 if I only had a brain. Bridge: C Cdim Bm7-5 E7 Am7 Dm7 D7 G G/F# Em Oh, I -- could tell you why -- the ocean's near the shore, F#m7 B7 Em B+ I could think of things I'd never thunk before, A7 D D7 And then I'd sit and think some more. D7 G Am 7 Bm7 C I would not be just a nuffin', my head all full of stuffin', G Am7 Bm7 Bbm7 My heart all full of pain; C C/B Am7 Am7/G D D/C D/B And perhaps I'd deserve you and be even worthy erv you D7 G Am7 Bm7 Am7 G If I only had a brain.
No, Ray Bolger was not the only voice on the song, and yes, it does have two other verses as written and as performed in the movie. This is merely an arrangement I happen to like.