Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

This World

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1961 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1989. a.k.a. "Love It Like a Fool."

Baby, I ain't afraid to die,
It's just that I hate to say good-bye to this world,
This world, this world.

This old world is mean and cruel,
But still I love it like a fool, this world,
This world, this world.

I'd rather go to the corner store
Than sing hosannah on that golden shore,
I'd rather live on Parker Street
Than fly around where the angels meet.

Oh, this old world is all I know,
It's dust to dust when I have to go from this world,
This world, this world.

Somebody else will take my place,
Some other hands, some other face,
Some other eyes will look around
And find the things I've never found.

Don't weep for me when I am gone,
Just keep this old world rolling on, this world,
This world, this world.

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs
---- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- Malvina
---- Ear to the Ground

Recordings by other artists on which this song is performed:
---- Dan Barker and Kristin Lems: My Thoughts Are Free (FRFF, Inc., 1987)
---- Kate Boverman and Ethan Miller: Unreleased Songs (2001)
---- Ann Mayo Muir: So Goes My Heart [as "Love It Like a Fool"] (Folk-Legacy FSI-99, 1985)
---- Rosalie Sorrels: No Closing Chord; The Songs of Malvina Reynolds (Red House Records RHR CD 143, 2000)
---- listen to video

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