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If I Only Had a Brain

From the musical

The Wizard of Oz



Music by Harold Arlen, Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.

"If I Only Had a Brain" (also "If I Only Had a Heart" and "If I Only Had the Nerve") is a song by Harold Arlen (music) and Yip Harburg (lyrics). The song is sung in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz by the character Scarecrow, played by Ray Bolger, when he meets Dorothy, played by Judy Garland. The characters pine about what each wants from the Wizard. It was also sung in Jeremy Sams and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 2011 musical adaptation with an additional reprise called "If We Only Had a Plan" when the characters discuss on how to rescue Dorothy in Act II.

Originally written by Arlen and Harburg as "I'm Hanging On To You" for the 1937 Broadway musical Hooray for What!, the song was ultimately dropped from that show, and when the pair was later hired to do the songs for Oz, Harburg simply wrote new lyrics to his catchy melody, a syncopated schottische in the style of tunes used for vaudeville soft shoe and sand dancing.

    Release Date: 1939
Awards
1994 - Boston Harmony Sweepstakes Best Original Arrangement


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Various Arrangers : Musicals : SSATBB : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Musicals

This a cappella ballad version of "If I Only Had A Brain" was inspired by Harry Connick, Jr.'s vocal/piano treatment of the hit from The Wizard of Oz. Tight voicings and substitute harmonies make this ideal for jazz concert/festival programming. The rubato styling provides a strong musical showcase for the full choir. This spirited, a cappella, medium swing arrangement of the old silver screen classic, "Singin' In The Rain," will challenge your singers and delight your audiences. An interesting reharmonization and clever scat section provide a wonderful contrast to the delightful melody. It is high energy, it swings and it's fun! "Over The Rainbow," the time-honored standard tune, is given a lush a cappella treatment. There is a feature solo for a soprano or tenor throughout the arrangement, and a very strong and powerful ending. In this sensitive ballad interpretation of the popular jazz waltz by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, "Alice In Wonderland" ranges from unison opening to lush six-part harmony and features a tenor solo. One of the most popular charts.

Songlist: Alice In Wonderland , If I Only Had A Brain, Singin' In The Rain, Over The Rainbow, Alice In Wonderland

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Voicing: SSATBB | 4741b | Sheet Music | $11.98 | A Cappella


Harold Arlen : The Harold Arlen Songbook : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999590807 : 0881884251 : 00359080

Harold Arlen : The Harold Arlen Songbook

A must-own collection of 76 songs of Harold Arlen. Includes his major works and some previously unpublished titles. Highlights include: Come Rain or Come Shine - Get Happy - Let's Fall in Love - The Man That Got Away - Over the Rainbow - Stormy Weather - and more!

Songlist: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive, Lullaby, Ain't It De Truth, God's Country, Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home, As Long As I Live, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Out Of This World, Blues In The Night, Buds Won't Bud, My Shining Hour, Right As Rain, Cocoanut Sweet, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead, Dissertation On The State Of Bliss (Love And Learn), Don't Like Goodbyes, Down With Love, The Eagle And Me, The Morning After, Get Happy, Evelina, Fancy Meeting You, For Every Man There's A Woman, Fun To Be Fooled, Goose Will Never Be Peacock, Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe, Happy As The Day Is Long, Happy With The Blues, Hit The Road To Dreamland, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20252b | Songbook | $21.95 | PVG


Harold Arlen : The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Deluxe Songbook (Vocal Selections) : Solo : Songbook : 038081356495  : 00-32755

Harold Arlen : The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Deluxe Songbook (Vocal Selections)

This book features all of the classic songs by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen. Also included are the never-before published "character themes" by Academy-Awardae winning composer Herbert Stothart, the complete "Munchkinland Musical Sequence," and the song "The Jitterbug," which was cut from the original film. Utilizing rare M-G-M studio manuscripts and the original motion picture soundtrack, each song is presented in its original key. As a bonus, this unique collector's item includes two songs from the 1903 Broadway musical production of The Wizard of Oz, with lyrics by original Oz author L. Frank Baum. These songs have not been published in over a century. The songbook also contains dozens of original production stills and publicity photos, an essay on the story behind the songs and score, and biographies of the composers.

Songlist: If I Were King of the Forest, If I Only Had a Brain, We're Off to See the Wizard, The Merry Old Land of Oz, Over the Rainbow, Lullaby League and Lollipop Guild, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, (You're Out of the Woods) Optimistic Voices, Lullaby League

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Voicing: Solo | 40040b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Lisa DeSpain : Broadway Presents! Teens' Musical Theatre Anthology : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088687113 : 0739057987 : 00322201

Lisa DeSpain : Broadway Presents! Teens' Musical Theatre Anthology

Broadway Presents! Teens' Musical Theatre Anthology: Female Edition is a delightful collection of musical theatre songs from a variety of shows that span decades of theatre history. Using the original vocal scores, the songs have been selected and adapted with the ranges and skills of teen singers in mind. Authoritative historical and contextual commentary, audition tips, and 16-bar cut suggestions for each song make this the most useful and relevant collection of its kind. CD includes accompaniment tracks.

Songlist: All That's Known , Chim Chim Cher-Ee , Corner Of The Sky , Evenin' Star, Grow For Me, Heart, I Can't Be Bothered Now, I Chose Right, I Could Write A Book, I'd Rather Be Sailing, I'm Calm, I'm Not That Smart, I've Seen You, If I Only Had A Brain, It's No Problem, Johanna, Ladies' Choice, Larger Than Life, Left Behind, My Unfortunate Erection, Singin' In The Rain, Slide Some Oil To Me, Some Girls, Streets Of Dublin, Were You There?, They Can't Take That Away From Me, What Do I Need With Love, What Would I Do If I Could Feel, When I'm Not Near The One I Love, Where Is The Life That Late I Lead, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 5468b | Songbook & CD | $24.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : The Great American Songbook - Broadway : Solo : 01 Songbook : 888680680619 : 1495093433 : 00233276

Various : The Great American Songbook - Broadway

From Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein to Stephen Schwartz & Stephen Sondheim, 100 timeless hits from the Great White Way are showcased in this book of classics in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. Songs include: And All That Jazz - Beauty and the Beast - Can't Take My Eyes off of You - Don't Rain on My Parade - Edelweiss - Footloose - I Whistle a Happy Tune - If I Only Had a Brain - The Impossible Dream (The Quest) - Luck Be a Lady - Maria - New York, New York - One - Popular - Puttin' on the Ritz - Seasons of Love - Send in the Clowns - Seventy Six Trombones - Singin' in the Rain - Someone to Watch over Me - Sunrise, Sunset - The Surrey with the Fringe on Top - This Is the Moment - Tomorrow - Try to Remember - Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) - You're the Top - and more.

Songlist: Anything Goes, Azure-Te (Paris Blues), Beauty And The Beast, Once Upon A Time, All At Once You Love Her, Burn, Tomorrow, Maria, Seasons Of Love, One, Somewhere, Day By Day, I Will Never Leave You, Always True To You In My Fashion, Somebody Loves Me, And All That Jazz, And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, When You Got It, Flaunt It, Springtime For Hitler, Aquarius, Night Song, As Long As He Needs Me, New York, New York, Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now, Popular, Defying Gravity, Baubles, Bangles And Beads, Begin The Beguine, Sunrise, Sunset, I Believe In You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40124b | Songbook | $27.50 | PVG


Various : The Great American Songbook - Movie Songs : Solo : Songbook : 888680754402 : 1540030490 : 00278787

Various : The Great American Songbook - Movie Songs

100 timeless hits from the silver screen are showcased in this massive collection of classics in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. Songs include: Alfie - Because You Loved Me - City of Stars - Come What May - Don't You (Forget About Me) - Endless Love - Eye of the Tiger - Flashdance...What a Feeling - Happy - I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow - Let It Go - Moon River - My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from 'Titanic') - New York, New York - Over the Rainbow - Puttin' on the Ritz - The Rose - Singin' in the Rain - (I've Had) the Time of My Life - Up Where We Belong - The Way We Were - The Wind Beneath My Wings - You've Got a Friend in Me - and more. 464 pages!

Songlist: Happy, At Last, The Rose, You Light Up My Life, True Love, Alfie, You've Got A Friend In Me, All The Way, Somewhere, Kiss From A Rose, My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From 'Titanic'), Because You Loved Me, When She Loved Me, The Look Of Love, I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow, Let It Go, Come What May, Secret Love, New York, New York, As Time Goes By, Somewhere Out There, High Hopes, This Is Me, The Power Of Love, Ben, Blaze Of Glory, I Believe I Can Fly, Can't Help Falling In Love, The Candy Man, Charade, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40601b | Songbook | $27.50 | PVG


Various Arrangers : Kids' Solo Vocal Collection : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 884088913953 : 1480345199 : 00119839

Various Arrangers : Kids' Solo Vocal Collection

20 songs for young voices, including musical theatre, movies and other favorites.

Songlist: Animal Crackers In My Soup, Happiness, When She Loved Me, Any Dream Will Do, High Hopes, Let There Be Peace On Earth, I Want It Now, Heart, Green Eggs And Ham, The Girl I Mean To Be, Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp), If I Only Had A Brain, It's A Most Unusual Day, Mairzy Doats, On Top Of Spaghetti, Over The Rainbow, Puff The Magic Dragon, Put On A Happy Face, Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), Ten Minutes Ago

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Voicing: Solo | 3031b | Songbook & 1 CD | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Vocal Selections : The Giant Book of Children's Vocal Solos : Solo : 01 Songbook : 888680096359 : 1495051536 : 00153571

Vocal Selections : The Giant Book of Children's Vocal Solos

A must-own comprehensive collection of 76 songs from musical theatre, movies, folksongs and standards for any budding vocalist!

Songlist: Beauty And The Beast, Animal Crackers In My Soup, Happiness, You've Got A Friend In Me, Impossible, This Little Light Of Mine, Tomorrow, Simple Gifts, Born To Entertain, Some Folks, Maybe, The Work Song, High Hopes, Baby Face, Baby Mine, It's Possible (In McElligot's Pool), The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, Down In My Heart, Sit Down, Sister, Sing, The Bare Necessities, Let Me Entertain You, Be Kind To Your Parents, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), Let There Be Peace On Earth, Shenandoah, The Streets Of Laredo, Candle On The Water, Castle On A Cloud, Catch A Falling Star, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20033b | Songbook | $24.95 | Voice and Piano


Four Voices : II : 00  1 CD

Four Voices : II

The four Christian young men who are Cleveland, Tennessee-based Barbershop group Four Voices won the Gold at SPEBSQSA's 2002 convention in Portland, and "II" shows us all the faith, charisma, humor and rock-solid harmonies that caught the ear of the judges. 12 songs, "No No Nora," "The One I Love," "You Made Me Love You," "Charleston," "Lazybones," "After You've Gone," "My Mother's Eyes," "Muppet Show," "If I Only Had a Brain," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "Lamb of God." You know the kind of barbershop chord that goes on longer than it's possible to hold your breath, and rises to a chord so high and sweet, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Four Voices sings those kind of chords--simply the best!

Songlist: No No Nora, The One I Love, You Made Me Love You, Charleston, Lazybones, After You've Gone (Live), My Mother's Eyes, Muppet Show, If I Only Had A Brain, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Lamb of God

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5387c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Sweet Adelines : Top Quartets 2008 : 00  1 CD : RC1021

Sweet Adelines : Top Quartets 2008

Sweet Adelines International chose beautiful Honolulu for their 62nd Annual Convention and Competition, and Columbus Ohio's Moxie Ladies took the Gold from a very strong and talented field. They have 3 songs on this exciting, electric DVD: "It's You, Wilson," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "My Man." Silver went to Winter Springs, Florida's Jackpot!, also with 3 tunes including "How Deep is the Ocean;" Roseville, California's popular Razzcals won Bronze and sing "Fifty Eyes" and 2 other songs, and Edgewater, Maryland's Maxx Factor, 2009 winner of the Harmony Sweepstakes, won 4th and sing "We'll Sing All We Know" and "Listen to that Dixie Band." The 5th through 10th place winners, Capri, Mojo, Zing!, Martini, Affinity and Sparx, have 3 to 4 songs apiece. If you missed Honolulu, or want to experience again that amazing competition, this CD is for you!

Songlist: So Long, Dearie, You Can't Go On Forever Breaking My Heart, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, All The Way, Don't Break the Heart That Loves You, Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, Oh, How I Miss You Tonight, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, Roses of Yesterday, It's The Girl, I Had the Craziest Dream, Young and Foolish, Listen To That Dixie Band, Lonesomest Girl In Town, If I Only Had A Brain, Flirty Eyes, There Goes My Heart, Taking A Chance On Love, Over The Rainbow, Medley: With Plenty of Money and You/We're In The Money, Medley: I Can't Give You Anything But Love, It's You, Pal Of My Cradle Days, Yes Sir, That's My Baby

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5856c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella


Toxic Audio : Word Of Mouth : 00  1 CD : 94775

Toxic Audio : Word Of Mouth

First launching its quirky show at the 1998 Orlando International Fringe Festival, where they caught the attention of Disney executives who hired them as featured performers at Disney/MGM Studios, Toxic Audio began making major waves in the a cappella world in 2000 with a stunning win at the Harmony Sweeps Finals in San Rafael, CA. Their CD "Chemistry" was named 2003 CASA' Album of the Year. After national TV appearances with Ed McMahon and Wayne Brady, the group won the 2004 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience for their Off-Broadway Show in New York's John Houseman Theatre. "Word of Mouth" is essentially a "Best of Toxic Audio 1998-2004" CD, which features tracks from their previous releases in addition to "Chemistry," "Captive Audience," and "Toxic Audio," as well as 6 new tracks recorded exclusively for "Word." 13 songs, and a list of favorites would have to include a pair of amazing originals written by group members Jeremy and Shalisa, "Caffeine" and "Putting Words in My Mouth," who also sing lead on them; a funky, salsa-flavored "(Put the Lime in the) Coconut;" an ethereal, soaring arrangement of "Stand By Me," a pair of Lennon/McCartney winners, "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" and "All I've Got to Do," one of the best live covers of "Route 66" we've ever heard, the group's live concert favorite "Turn the Beat Around," a bluesy-jazzy "If I Only Had A Brain" with a sweet, meandering lead by Paul; and a boogying "You Can't Stop The Beat" from the Broadway musical "Hairspray." One of the most dynamic live shows we've seen, at the Sweeps and at the A Cappella Summit, Toxic Audio makes equally wonderful CDs, and this is their best yet, "Word!"

Songlist: Caffeine, (Put The Lime In The) Coconut, Splanky, Bring Me To Life, Stand By Me, Why Don't We Do It In The Road, All I Gotta Do, Route 66, Putting Words In My Mouth, Turn The Beat Around, Voices Carry, If I Only Had A Brain, You Can't Stop The Beat

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7447c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


UNC Vocal Jazz Ensembles : Hot IX: United Jazz Artists : 00  1 CD : Gene Aitken : VJ1947

UNC Vocal Jazz Ensembles : Hot IX: United Jazz Artists

Master director and educator Gene Aitken of the famed University of Northern Colorado's Jazz Studies Program shows off three of his best groups on "Hot IX," mixed-voice jazz quintet the Axidentals, who are accompanied by a hot jazz band on 8 songs like Duke Ellington's "Caravan," Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" and Kurt Weil's "Mack the Knife," also perform one nice a cappella cut, "Quiet Now." 3-men, 3-women a cappella ensemble Et Cetera then gives us nice covers of "Singing In The Rain," Harold Arlen's "If I Only Had a Brain" and Randy Crenshaw's "Scat Blues in C." All woman jazz quartet Sus 4 finishes with a hot accompanied cover of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia," a moody a cappella cover of "For All We Know," and accompanied covers of "We" and Gloria Estefan's "Get On Your Feet." This is another strong, spirited collection from these 3 great UNC jazz ensembles.

Songlist: Bam Bam Bam, Caravan, A Sleeping Bee, Quiet Now, You're Nobody, Got to Get You Into My Life, You Can Call Me Al, Mack the Knife, Ray Idea, Singin' In The Rain, If I Only Had A Brain, Scat Blues in C, A Night In Tunisia, For All We Know, We, Get On Your Feet

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7644c | 1 CD | $14.95 | Primarily a cappella


Sweet Adelines : Top Quartets 2008 : DVD : AV1049

Sweet Adelines : Top Quartets 2008

Sweet Adelines International chose beautiful Honolulu for their 62nd Annual Convention and Competition, and Columbus Ohio's Moxie Ladies took the Gold from a very strong and talented field. They have 3 songs on this exciting, electric DVD: "It's You, Wilson," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "My Man." Silver went to Winter Springs, Florida's Jackpot!, also with 3 tunes including "How Deep is the Ocean;" Roseville, California's popular Razzcals won Bronze and sing "Fifty Eyes" and 2 other songs, and Edgewater, Maryland's Maxx Factor, 2009 winner of the Harmony Sweepstakes, won 4th and sing "We'll Sing All We Know" and "Listen to that Dixie Band." The 5th through 10th place winners, Capri, Mojo, Zing!, Martini, Affinity and Sparx, have 3 to 4 songs apiece. If you missed Honolulu, or want to experience again that amazing competition, this DVD is for you!

Songlist: So Long, Dearie, You Can't Go On Forever Breaking My Heart, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, All The Way, Don't Break the Heart That Loves You, Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, Oh, How I Miss You Tonight, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, Roses of Yesterday, It's The Girl, I Had the Craziest Dream, Young and Foolish, Listen To That Dixie Band, Lonesomest Girl In Town, If I Only Had A Brain, Flirty Eyes, There Goes My Heart, Taking A Chance On Love, Over The Rainbow, Medley: With Plenty of Money and You/We're In The Money, Medley: I Can't Give You Anything But Love, It's You, Pal Of My Cradle Days, Yes Sir, That's My Baby

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5856dvd | DVD | $39.95 | A Cappella


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If I Only Had a Brain : 2-Part : Sally K. Albrecht : Harold Arlen : The Wizard of Oz : DVD : 00-35513 : 038081397092

Sally K. Albrecht : If I Only Had a Brain

What fun! This easy swing favorite from The Wizard of Oz has been arranged as a novelty hit especially for 2-part choirs. Features some simple staging suggestions and easy scat syllables. Featured on Showbiz! choral movement DVD (00-35858).

Arranger: Sally K. Albrecht | Composer: Harold Arlen | Lyricist: E.Y. Harburg | Musical: The Wizard of Oz

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-35513 | Showtrax CD Available

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