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# Title Principal Artiste Composers Lyricist / Date written Place Date recorded Matrix Label&cat.no. Additional Information
359 I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You NMDO Oliver Perry /Irv.King Jas.Campbell / Reg.Connelly`31 London June 22, 1931 OB-978-1-2-4 HMV B-6040, HMV EA-956 French B-6040 Takes 1&2 HMV rejected recorded on the 11th June. Take 4 issued. Ray Noble (piano) directing Max Goldberg, Bill Shakespeare (trumpets); Tony Thorpe (trombone); Laurie Payne (clarinet); Harry Hines (clarinet); George Smith and Bob Wise (tenor saxophone); violins probably Hugo Rignold, Reg. Leopold and Nobby Clarke; Harry Jacobson (piano); Jack Evetts (string bass); Bill Harty (drums); Al Bowlly (vocal). Small Queen’s Hall, London, June 22, 1931
I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You

I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You

(Oliver Perry / Irv.King / Jas.Campbell / Reg.Connelly)


New Mayfair Dance Orchestra

With you I know, I'd be so content
Although I had an even ascent
I'd rather be a beggar with you
Than a king with somebody else

Though I were rich, how poor I would be
Without you there to fuss over me
I'd rather be a beggar with you
Than a king with somebody else

Life isn't ever a joke key
Two hearts that are empty and bare
I could be happy the whole key
With you beside me to care

A humble nest, a shack in the lane
With you would be a castle in Spain
I'd rather be a beggar with you
Than a king with somebody else

A humble nest, a shack in the lane
With you would be a castle in Spain
I'd rather be a beggar with you
Than a king with somebody else