Words: Mort Dixon; Music: Harry M. Woods (1927)

Lyrics

I’m looking over
A four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before.
One leaf is sunshine,
The second is rain,
Third is the roses
That grow in the lane.

No need explaining
The one remaining
Is somebody I adore.
I’m looking over
A four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before.

Background

“I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” has been a hit tune many times over: It charted at #3 for Ben Bernie and His Orchestra, #2 for Nick Lucas, and #10 for Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra in 1927. The song underwent a major revival in 1948 when it charted #1 for Art Mooney, #6 for Russ Morgan, #6 for Alvino Rey, #10 for the Three Suns, #11 for the Uptown String Band, and #14 for Arthur Godfrey. In modern times the song is perhaps most associated with Merrie Melodies cartoons, as it appeared in several of them.

Performances

Here is a recording from 1927 by Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra, featuring Billy Murray on vocals:

Here is another recording from 1927 by Ben Bernie and His Orchestra:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover