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its only a beautiful picture

its only a beautiful picture, hung up in a golden frame

(Chas Ridgewell / Will Godwin)

Will Godwin

Also recorded by:
Foster & Allen; Peter Dawson; Slim Dusty; Grand Dominion Jazz Band.

If those lips could only speak
If those eyes could only see
If those beautiful golden tresses
Were here in reality
Could I only take your hand
As I did when you took my name
But it's only a beautiful picture
In a beautiful golden frame

He stood in a beautiful mansion
Surrounded by riches untold
As he gazed at a beautiful picture
That hung in a frame of gold
Was a picture of a lady
So beautiful young and fair
To this beautiful lifelike picture
He murmured in sad despair

Repeat Chorus

With all his great powers and his riches,
He knows he can never replace
One thing in the mansion that's absent
His wife's tender smiling face
And each time he sees her picture
These same words he'll always say
"All my wealth I would freely forfeit
And toil for you night and day"

Repeat Chorus

He stood there and gazed on that picture
And slumbering forgetting all pain
For there in that mansion of fancy
She stood by his side again
His lips then softly murmured
The name of his once sweet bride
With his eyes fixed on that picture

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He awoke from his sleep and he cried