I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

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I'm Always Chasing Rainbows  (1917) 
by Harry Carroll (music) and Joseph McCarthy (lyrics)
Sheet music cover

[Verse]

At the end of the rainbow there's happiness,
And to find it how often I've tried,
But my life is a race, just a wild goose chase,
And my dreams have all been denied.
Why have I always been a failure,
What can the reason be?
I wonder if the world's to blame,
I wonder if it could be me?

[Chorus]

I'm always chasing rainbows,
Watching clouds drifting by.
My schemes are just like all my dreams,
Ending in the sky,
Some fellows look and find the sunshine,
I always look and find the rain,
Some fellows make a winning sometime,
I never even make a gain,
Believe me.
I'm always chasing rainbows
Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain.

[Verse]

I've Looked to the west as the sun goes down,
And I've followed its glorious rays
But the faster I'd run I would miss the sun,
My life's full of wasted days
I've always been a natural loser,
Each thing I touch must fall
If good luck ever came to me
It would never seem right at all.
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