The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 20, 2009 - Music - 496 pages
The seventh volume in Knopf’s critically acclaimed Complete Lyrics series, published in Johnny Mercer’s centennial year, contains the texts to more than 1,200 of his lyrics, several hundred of them published here for the first time.

Johnny Mercer’s early songs became staples of the big band era and were regularly featured in the musicals of early Hollywood. With his collaborators, who included Richard A. Whiting, Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, and Harold Arlen, he wrote the lyrics to some of the most famous standards, among them, “Too Marvelous for Words,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Skylark,” “I’m Old-Fashioned,” and “That Old Black Magic.”

During a career of more than four decades, Mercer was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song an astonishing eighteen times, and won four: for his lyrics to “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe” (music by Warren), “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” (music by Carmichael), and “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses” (music for both by Henry Mancini).

You’ve probably fallen in love with more than a few of Mercer’s songs–his words have never gone out of fashion–and with this superb collection, it’s easy to see that his lyrics elevated popular song into art.
 

Contents

The Moon Shines Down Until We Kiss Dont
5
Without Me? Little Old Crossroad Store If I Could
11
TRANSATLANTIC MERRYGOROUND 1934
21
P S I Love You Just a FairWeather Friend Walkin
29
Dr Watson and Mr Holmes
42
READY WILLING AND ABLE
50
THE SINGING MARINE 1937
54
Hooray for Hollywood Im Like a Fish out of Water
60
All Come Up and See Me Sometime Venice
201
TV Slogan Song Meet Miss Blendo Sans Souci
214
DANGEROUS WHEN WET 1953
225
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS 1954
235
DADDY LONG LEGS 1955
241
A Typical Day in Dogpatch U S A If I Had
253
Evil Put Em Back the Way They Wuz
259
Little Ol Tune
265

Early Songs by John Mercer
63
If You Can Take It Our Hearts Will Never Grow
66
Love Is Where You Find It The Lady on the TwoCent
73
Wings Over the Navy
79
THREE AFTER THREE WALK WITH
85
Greeting Gates Today I Am a Glamour Girl Even
92
Mister Meadowlark Little Cowboy Blue Fools Rush
98
Life Poor Mister Chisholm Me and the Ghost
104
Willpower Gee I Wish Id Listened to My Mother
110
We Go Again This Time the Dreams On Me Wait
118
THE FLEETS IN YOU WERE NEVER
120
YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER 1942
127
STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM 1942
133
Hit the Road to Dreamland On the Swing Shift
145
Hang My Hat Is Home I Feel My Luck Comin
159
High Low Jack and the Game A Mans Gotta
165
MR PEABODY AND THE MERMAID 1948
171
Whoopin and aHollerin Texas LI Darlin
178
THE PETTY GIRL THE KEYSTONE
184
THE KEYSTONE GIRL 1950
193
HERE COMES THE GROOM 1951
195
MERRY ANDREW 1958
271
of 1959
278
Baby
285
My Love for You The Old Brown Thrush If I Didnt
291
HATARI 1962
297
Songs of 1964 and 1965
320
THE GREAT RACE 1965
327
The World of the Heart
331
A Comet in the Sky Lotus Land Velvet Night Just
338
Ballad of a Private Eye Any Way the Wind Blows
344
Whistling Away the Dark The Little Birds Les Ptits
353
Me El Camino October Twilight Hangin Loose
359
Goodbye Camaraderie Bruddersford Sequence
366
My Way May I Have the Pleasure of Your
378
Drinkin Doubles in a Singles Bar Dont be Afraid
386
THE FACTS OF LIFE 1960
430
Index
433
Two of a kind Dont Start Cryin Now Bouquet
444
About Face After All These Years Anne Are
447
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS 1961
454
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Robert Kimball was educated at Yale College and Yale Law School. He has been the music critic of the New York Post and is the co-author or editor of many books on musical theater, including Cole, the celebrated book about Cole Porter that he edited with Brendan Gill. He also edited for the Complete Lyrics series the volumes of Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser. He is co-editor, with Robert Gottlieb, of Reading Lyrics. He lives in New York.

Barry Day was born in England and is an MA from Balliol College, Oxford. He has written or edited some twenty books as well as plays and musical revues showcasing the work of Dorothy Parker, P. G. Wodehouse, the Lunts, Oscar Wilde, and Sherlock Holmes. His eight books on NoŽl Coward include Noel Coward: The Complete Lyrics. He has also edited P. G. Wodehouse: The Complete Lyrics. He is a Trustee of the NoŽl Coward Foundation, a board member of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and winner of an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire “for service to British Culture in the United States.”

Miles Kreuger is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Columbia Grammar School and Bard College. He has been writing about musical theater and film since 1958, including the definitive study of Show Boat. In 1965, he created the world’s first academic course on the American musical, at New York University, and has since taught at Columbia, the University of Southern California, and UCLA. He is president of The Institute of the American Musical and lives in Los Angeles.

Eric Davis is an avid student of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American popular music. He received his BA from Indiana University and is currently pursuing graduate studies in musicology at the University of Southern California.

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