Lyrics on Several Occasions: A Selection of Stage & Screen Lyrics Written for Sundry Situations, and Now Arranged in Arbitrary Categories : to which Have Been Added Many Informative Annotations & Disquisitions on Their why & Wherefore, Their Whom-for, Their How, and Matters Associative

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1997 - Music - 384 pages
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This is a great deal more than just a collection of lyrics. Gershwin groups them under such headings as 'The Not Impossible He', 'The Important Male', 'The Important Female', 'Euphoria Revisited', and many others. Then he follows each lyric with a commentary that is at once scholarly, witty and of the greatest historical interest. While the lyrics have remained with us ever since they were first sung, they are enriched by these other words that are, happily, available once again.
 

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Contents

THE MAN I LOVE
3
LOOKING FOR A BOY
8
MY SONINLAW
11
SURE THING
14
Divers Duets
17
ARENT YOU KIND OF GLAD WE DID?
19
THE BABBITT AND THE BROMIDE
23
COULD YOU USE ME?
26
THAT LOST BARBER SHOP CHORD
184
TSCHAIKOWSKY and Other Russians
186
A Set of Sagas
191
THE BALLAD OF BABY FACE MCGINTY Who Bit Off More Than He Could Chew
193
THE JOLLY TAR AND THE MILKMAID
196
THE PRINCESS OF PURE DELIGHT
200
SAM AND DELILAH
203
THE SAGA OF JENNY
205

EMBRACEABLE YOU
29
THE HALF OF IT DEARIE BLUES
32
I DONT THINK ILL FALL IN LOVE TODAY
35
IF I BECAME THE PRESIDENT
38
THAT CERTAIN FEELING
40
The Possessive Case
45
THEY CANT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
47
MY SHIP
49
HE HASNT A THING EXCEPT ME
51
WHO CARES?
54
MINE
56
MY ONE AND ONLY HIGHLAND FLING
59
With Place Names
63
A FOGGY DAY IN LONDON TOWN
65
THE BACK BAY POLKA
68
FLORENCE IT
71
PARIS FR
73
ISLAND IN THE WEST INDIES
76
SWEET NEVADA
78
THERES A BOAT DATS LEAVIN SOON FOR NEW YORK
82
The Importunate Male
85
OH LADY BE GOOD
87
PUT ME TO THE TEST
90
IVE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU
93
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
96
I CANT GET STARTED
98
The Importunate Female
101
I CANT GET STARTED
103
SING ME NOT A BALLAD
105
GOTTA HAVE ME GO WITH YOU
108
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
110
A Quartet of Trios
115
THESE CHARMING PEOPLE
117
DONT BE A WOMAN IF YOU CAN
121
WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY
125
THE COZY NOOK TRIO
128
A Quintet of Findings
133
IVE GOT BEGINNERS LUCK
135
DISSERTATION ON THE STATE OF BLISS or LOVE AND LEARN BLUES
137
LOVE WALKED IN
139
THE SEARCH IS THROUGH
141
THIS IS NEW
143
A Sextet of Irreverence
145
IT AINT NECESSARILY SO
147
BLAH BLAH BLAH
151
ON AND ON AND ON
154
STIFF UPPER LIP
156
UNION SQUARE
159
THE UNION LEAGUE
164
Not for a Musicologist
167
BY STRAUSS
169
FASCINATING RHYTHM
172
HARLEM RIVER CHANTY
175
MISCHA JASCHA TOSCHA SASCHA
177
THE REAL AMERICAN FOLK SONG Is a Rag
180
SWEET AND LOWDOWN
182
A Gathering of Guidance
211
CLAP YO HANDS
213
LOSE THAT LONG FACE
216
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
217
SLAP THAT BASS
221
STRIKE UP THE BAND
224
Ladies in Lament
229
BOY WHAT LOVE HAS DONE TO ME
231
BUT NOT FOR ME
234
IN THE MANDARINS ORCHID GARDEN
237
JILTED JILTED
239
THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY
241
WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC
245
Sound Effects
249
S WONDERFUL
251
APPLAUSE APPLAUSE
254
THEY ALL LAUGHED
257
DO DO DO
260
LETS CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF
263
The Element of Time
267
BIDIN MY TIME
269
SOON
272
LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY
274
HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
277
FOR YOU FOR ME FOR EVERMORE
281
LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
283
Turns with Terpsichore
285
SHALL WE DANCE?
287
SHOES WITH WINGS ON
289
IN THREEQUARTER TIME
291
I CANT BE BOTHERED NOW
293
ILL BUILD A STAIRWAY TO PARADISE
294
The State of the Union
297
IN OUR UNITED STATE
299
LOVE IS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY
303
A KISS FOR CINDERELLA
306
THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITEE
309
A Miscellany of Acclaim
317
A RHYME FOR ANGELA
319
THE LORELEI
324
TRIBUTES TO LIZA ELLIOTT
327
THE ILLEGITIMATE DAUGHTER
330
ALESSANDRO THE WISE
333
WINTERGREEN FOR PRESIDENT
336
Euphoria Revisited
339
I GOT RHYTHM
341
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
344
THERES NOTHING LIKE MARRIAGE FOR PEOPLE
347
OF THEE I SING BABY
351
WHOS COMPLAINING?
354
I GOT PLENTY O NUTHIN
358
AFTERWORD
362
LEnvoi
363
Index of Song Titles
i
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Gershwin is the first lyricist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and was nominated for three Academy awards. He has contributed over forty scores for Broadway and Hollywood with his brother George and other collaborators.

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