Kalamazoo To Timbuktu – Music by Alec Wilder Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Music by Alec Wilder
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
You can hear the song here
This is a lovely, silly, little  love song with a great melody and some funny lyrics by Marshall.
Registered for copyright on 11-15-1951
Recorded by Mitch Miller


To Timbuktu
To Timbuktu
To Timbuktu
To Timbuktu

There’s a train by the station
In Kalamazoo
And it soon will be leaving
On track number two
I heard the conductor say
It’s going a long long way
It’s going all the way
From Kalamazoo To Timbuktu

Todeli-ho-ho-ho Good-bye
Kalamazoo-o-o Good-bye
Mr. Engineer be sure the track is clear
We’re going all the way from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu

I got a guy in Timbuktu as sweet as he can be
But I left a guy in Kalamazoo who got a claim on me

So Todeli-ho-ho-ho to you
Wonderful guy of Timbuktu
When we say goodbye
Don’t let me see you cry
Just give me one more kiss and then
I’m aiming back to Kalamazoo again


Kalamazoo ( /ˌkæləməˈzuː/) is the largest city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County.
Timbuktu (pronounced /ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː/; Koyra Chiini:Tumbutu; French: Tombouctou), formerly also Timbuctoo, is a town in the West African nation of Mali situated 15 km (9.3 mi) north of the River Niger on southern edge of the Sahara Desert. The town is the capital of the Timbuktu Region, one of the eight administrative regions of Mali.
Since both cities sounds sounds unusual to English-speaking ears “from Timbuktu to Kalamazoo” has become a metonym for exotic places.


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News for “Lorenz Hart”

Rodgers And Hart’s Musical Classic ‘Pal Joey’ At Jerry Herman Ring …‎
Broadway World – Beau Higgins –
Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway classic Pal Joey comes to the University of Miami Jerry Herman Ring Theatre this spring. Running from April 13 – 23, 2011,

Kennedy Center Season to Feature Pal Joey, Cate Blanchett …‎
Playbill.com – Andrew Gans –
The season will feature a Kennedy Center-produced revival of Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey, directed by Christopher Ashley and featuring a

Kennedy Center Announces 2011-12 season
New York Times
… a production of the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical “Pal Joey,” with a new book by Terrence McNally; and the Sydney Theater Company’s production …

Porchlight Music Theatre Presents ‘Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel’ Concert, 4/4
Broadway World
A selection of Rodgers, Rodgers and Guettel pieces will be presented, including pop standards Richard Rodgers wrote with Lorenz Hart such as “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “Blue Moon.”

News for “Marshall Barer”

Porchlight Music Theatre Presents ‘Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel’ Concert, 4/4
Broadway World
Tony Award-winner Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins) is the son of composer and author Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress, Working) and grandson of Tony

Once Upon A Mattress” to open next week at Penfield High School
By Amanda Seef, staff writer “Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rogers and lyrics by Marshall Barer

Busy Timmy (Timmy is a Big Boy Now) – Music by Alec Wilder Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Music by Alec Wilder
Lyrics by Marshall Barer.
Introduced by Anne Lloyd, Dick Byron and the Sandpipers.
Published by Golden Record in 1951
Review from Billboard February 10, 1951 “Another Wilder-Barer original based on a Little Golden book. This one has pop potential. Fine follow-up for book buyers. For tots”


Timmy put his shoes on by himself
Ever since they showed him how
He can tie a lace
He can wash his face
Timmy is a big boy now

He can eat the supper by himself
And he never makes a raw
He can climb the stairs
He can comb his hair
Timmy is a big boy now

He grows so fast
As days goes past
He never looks the same
He’ll soon be bright enoght to
Write his name

He can do so many big boy things
He deserves to take a bow

He can tire his lace
He can climb the stairs
He can count his toes
He can blow his nose
He can snap the light
And say “Good night”
For Timmy is a big boy now

Beyond Compare – Music by David Ross Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Cover of Venice Venice

Words by Marshall Barer
Music by David Collin Ross
Published by BING CLAWSBY
Marshall sang this song in the
a song for HENRY JAGLOM‘s film “Venice/Venice” he also appeared in the film with Ross
In the liner notes of  “The Time Has Come!: The Songs of Marshall Barer ” Marshall wrote about this song  that “[DAVID ROSS] wishes I wouldn’t keep referring to the melody as one which might have been written by Jerome Kern. I can’t think why”


How do I love thee
Let my count the ways
One, two, three, four, five millions
This will take me days
and days
and days

Shall I, my love, compare thee to
Baba au rhum or summer’s day?
Handel chorale or Malibu?
Rubens, Ravel or Mel Torme?
Is there a better metaphor
For how I melt
Beholding you?
Or shall the glow I so adore
Only be felt
Enfolding you?
Racking my brain for fitting praise!
Seeking in vain the perfect phrase!
Poring through piles of poems and plays!
Haunting the aisles at Doubleday’s!
I might convey
The state I’m in
If I could play
The mandolin;
Since I cannot, I’ll just declare
You are beyond compare
And leave it right there.

Who could compose
Your valentine?
Not Billy Rose,
Nor Gertrude Stein.
Only a “Hart” like Larry might
Tell you what burns in mine tonight.

That which of which there’s only one
Simply defines comparison
So I repeat in sweet despair
You’re beyond Compare

How do I love thee… This is a quote from “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Shall I, my love, compare thee to
.. another quote. This is, of course, from “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” by William Shakespeare

Haunting the aisles at Doubleday’s! The Doubleday Publishing Group is a publishing company. It was founded as Doubleday & McClure Company in 1897 by Frank Nelson Doubleday, who had formed a partnership with magazine publisher Samuel McClure.
Doubleday also owns several bookstores.

Not Billy Rose not Gertrude Stein a funny fact that I’m not sure Marshall was aware of: several musical historians believe that Lorenz Hart, at the beginning of his carrer, worked for Billy Rose as ghost writer and that most of the lyrics written by Rose were actually by Hart.

Sweet despair
this is what in retoric you can call an oxymoron: figure of speech that combines contradictory terms.