My Man (Mon Homme)

Music by Maurice Yvain, with English Lyrics by Channing Pollack (1920)

It’s cost me a lot
But there’s one thing that I’ve got
It’s my man.

Cold and wet
Tired, you bet
But all that I soon forget
With my man.

He’s not much for looks
And no hero out of books
Is my man…

Two or three girls has he
That he likes as well as me
But I love him!

I don’t know why I should
He isn’t any good
He isn’t true
But I’ll stick to him like glue
What else can I do?

Oh my man, I love him so!
He’ll never know.
All my life is just despair
But I don’t care!

When he takes me in his arms
The world is bright,
All right!

What’s the difference if I say
I’ll go away?
When I know I’ll come back
On my knees some day;
For whatever my man is
I am his
Forever more!

Sometimes I say
If I just could get away
With my man

He’d go straight, sure as fate,
For it never is too late
For a man.

I just like to dream of a cottage by a stream
With my man

Where a few flowers grew and perhaps a kid or two
Like my man.

And then my eyes get wet
I ‘most forget

‘Til he gets hot
And tells me not to talk
such rot…

Oh my man, I love him so!
He’ll never know.
All my life is just despair
But I don’t care!

When he takes me in his arms
The world is bright
All right!

What’s the difference if I say
I’ll go away
When I know I’ll come back
On my knees some day
For whatever my man is
I am his
Forever more!

Performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 by Fanny Brice
Recorded by Ruth Etting on March 1, 1927, in New York City
Originally issued on Columbia 995 D (Matrix W143561 1)
The flip side of the 78rpm record was After You’ve Gone

One Response to My Man (Mon Homme)

  1. stephanie says:

    This is the only true version of the song I remember from my childhood. Where can I hear her sing it?

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