My Wife's Gone to the Country (Hurrah! Hurrah!)

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Ted Snyder
Irving Berlin
George Whiting

A capital name for a song

Irving Berlin: “‘My Wife’s Gone to the Country’ was my first big hit and I got the idea of that from a Chicago fellow: He and I were having a little drink and chat near dinner time and, noting the clock, I said to him, ‘Almost supper time. Suppose you’ve got to be beating it home?’ He said, ‘Oh, no! My wife’s not in the city.’ Now you’ll probably laugh, but right then and there it occurred to me that ‘My Wife’s Gone to the Country’ would be a capital name for a popular song. The music buzzed into my head. I got somebody to write it and there I was.”

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