When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love

Song Title : When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love

Show Name : Finian's Rainbow

Character Name : Og

Gender : Male

Age : Adult

Vocal Part : Tenor

Range : B3-D5

Style : Midtempo Waltz (Golden Age)

Mood : Comedic, Romantic

Context & Lyrics


Og, who has feelings for both Sharon and Susan, contemplates the fickleness of love.

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Oh my heart is beating wildly
And it’s all because you’re here.
When I’m not near
The girl I love,
I love the girl I’m near.

Ev’ry femme that flutters by me
Is a flame that must be fanned.
If I can’t fondle the hand I’m fond of,
I fondle the hand at hand.

My heart’s in a pickle,
It’s constantly fickle
And not too partickle, I fear.
When I’m not near
The girl I love,
I love the girl I’m near.

What if they’re tall and tender
What if they’re small and slender
Long as they’ve got that gender
I surrender

Always I can’t refuse them
Always my feet pursue them
Long as they’ve got a bosom
I woos ’em

I’m confessing a confession
And I hope I’m not verbose
When I’m not close to the kiss that I cling to,
I cling to the kiss that’s close

As I’m more and more a mortal
I am more and more a case.
When I’m not facing the face that I fancy.
I fancy the face I face.

For Sharon I’m carin’,
But Susan I’m choosin’
I’m faithful to whos’n is here.
When I’m not near the girl I love,
I love the girl I’m near.

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Written by Trevor Forry

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