It was published in 1928 and originally sung by Aileen Stanley. The song was sung and recorded by Billie Holiday many times, from the mid-1930s onwards. It was sung by Irene Dunne in the movie A Guy Named Joe with Spencer Tracy (MGM, 1943). The song was revived to even greater success in 1944, when the 1940 recording by Harry James (Dick Haymes vocal) was re-released (during the 1942–44 musicians' strike, which prevented recording of new material) (Billboard #1). The Ink Spots' version featuring lead Tenor Bill Kenny was also popular in 1944, reaching the retail top ten.
This old world was just as sad a place for me As could be I was lonely and blue This old world then changed to paradise for me Suddenly Why? Because I met you All the wealth and power I may never find Still as long as I have you, dear; I won't mind For..
I'll get by As long as I have you Though there'll be rain And darkness too I'll not complain I'll laugh it through
Poverty May come to me, that's true But what care I Say, I'll get by As long as I have you