Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Let’s hear it for Ira Gershwin

Of all the song lyrics Ira Gershwin ever wrote (and he wrote many, including such great songs as “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “The Man I Love,” “Summertime,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”), these are my all-time favorite:


Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Moon
by Ira Gershwin (1931)


“Blah, blah, blah, blah, moon,
Blah, blah, blah, above;
Blah, blah, blah, blah, croon,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, love.
Tra la la la, tra la la la la, merry month of May;
Tra la la la, tra la la la la, ’neath the clouds of gray.

Blah, blah, blah, your hair,
Blah, blah, blah, your eyes,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, care,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, skies.
Tra la la la, tra la la la la, cottage for two,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, darling, with you!”


And what better time could there possibly be to bring them to your attention than during the romantic and easily rhymeable month of--what else?--(moon/croon/tune/swoon) June!

2 comments:

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Are these really the lyrics? I thought at first you were just typing in filler for lyrics you can't remember. LOL This was funny.

rhymeswithplague said...

Yup, they're really the lyrics! Maybe old Ira was just in a mood one afternoon and self-parody was the result. Of the 90 syllables in the song, only 29 are in actual words; the rest are nonsense syllables.