Words by:  Raymond B. Egan (1890-1952) and Gus Kahn(1886-1941)

Music by:  Richard A. Whiting (1891-1938)

"Ain't We Got Fun?" is a popular foxtrot published in 1921 with music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Raymond B. Egan and Gus Kahn.

It was first performed in 1920 in the revue Satires of 1920, then moved intovaudeville and recordings. "Ain't We Got Fun?" and both its jaunty response to poverty and its promise of fun "Every morning / Every evening", and "In the meantime, / In between time" have become symbolic of the Roaring Twenties

Recorded by Doris Day and Warner Brothers.

Raymond Blanning Egan (November 14, 1890, Windsor, Ontario - October 13, 1952, Westport, Connecticut) was a songwriter. He moved to the United States in 1892 and settled in Michigan where he attended the University of Michigan. His first job was a bank clerk, but he soon moved onto be a staff writer for Ginnells Music Co. in Detroit.

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                                                                                             Gus Kahn

Cover page to the sheet music.

Richard Whiting

LYRICS:  Ain't We Got Fun

Bill collectors gather 'round and rather

Haunt the cottage next door

Men the grocer and butcher sent

Men who call for the rent

But within a happy chappy

And his bride of only a year

Seem to be so cheerful, here's an earful

Of the chatter you hear

Ev'ry morning, ev'ry evening

Ain't we got fun?

Not much money, Oh, but honey

Ain't we got fun?

The rent's unpaid dear

We haven't a bus

But smiles were made dear

For people like us

In the winter in the Summer

Don't we have fun

Times are bum and getting bummer

Still we have fun

There's nothing surer

The rich get rich and the poor get children

In the meantime, in between time

Ain't we got fun?

Just to make their trouble nearly double

Something happened last night

To their chimney a gray bird came

Mister Stork is his name

And I'll bet two pins, a pair of twins

Just happened in with the bird

Still they're very gay and merry

Just at dawning I heard

Ev'ry morning, ev'ry evening

Don't we have fun

Twins and cares, dear, come in pairs, dear

Don't we have fun

We've only started

As mommer and pop

Are we downhearted

I'll say that we're not

Landlords mad and getting madder

Ain't we got fun?

Times are so bad and getting badder

Still we have fun

There's nothing surer

The rich get rich and the poor get laid off

In the meantime, in between time

Ain't we got fun?