News for “Lorenz Hart” 01/24/2011 30/01/2011

Carol Saunders: PB Pop’s ‘An Evening of Rodgers & Hart, with John …
This genre of music demonstrates the breadth, wit, and creativity of the dynamic duo of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Collaborating on more than 500 …

Professor featured on four recent CD releases
WSU Today
The CD features the Seattle Jazz Singers’ performance of Yasinitsky’s arrangement of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rogers’s “This Can’t Be Love. …

Art & Soul
San Francisco Bay Times
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, along with George & Ira Gershwin, cover the meeting/courting/ marrying process beautifully with their upbeat & breezy takes

Fanny Says: Great Songs Are Timeless
These musical giants included Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern,

Musicals Tonight Announces Casting for I’d Rather Be Right
The show has a score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and a book by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The cast features Laurie Hymes, Brent Di Roma,Steve


Calendar of Events
Daily Eastern News
Music by Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart will also be included at the American Songbook concert.

This week’s new theatre

The Guardian – 7 Jan 2011

This season it’s the turn of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, whose songs include the sublime Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered from Pal Joey,

Dancing on the Ceiling (He Dances on My Ceiling) – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Jessie Matthews

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the show Ever Green 1930, the song was also used in “Evergreen” a film adaptation of the musical.
Introduced by Jessie Matthews
At the time of the show the song was banned from the radio in England and in USA because the censors found the lyrics “Underneath my counterpane/But there’s my love” too risqué: they thought that the lyrics could be read as “masturbation”


The world is lyrical
Because a miracle
Has brought my lover to me
Though she’s some other place, her face I see
At night I creep in bed
And never sleep in bed
But look above in the air
And to my greatest joy, my love is there
She dances overhead
On the ceiling near my bed
In my sight
All through the night
I try to hide in vain
Underneath my counterpane
But there’s my love
up there above
I whisper, “Go away, my lover
It’s not fair”
But I’m so grateful to discover
That she’s still there
I love my ceiling more
Since it is a dancing floor
Just for my love

Zip – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for “Pal Joey”
Introduced by Jean Casto.
For the highly successful revival of the show the song was sung by Elaine Stritch


I’ve interviewed Leslie Howard.*
I’ve interviewed Noel Coward.
I’ve interviewed the great Stravinsky.
But my greatest achievement
Is the interview I had
With a star who worked for Minsky.
I met her at the Yankee Clipper
And she didn’t unzip one zipper.
I said, “Miss Lee, you are such an artist.
Tell me why you never miss.
What do you think of while you work?”
And she said, “While I work
My thoughts go something like this.”


Zip! Walter Lippmann wasn’t brilliant today.
Zip! Will Saroyan ever write a great play?
Zip! I was reading Schopenhauer last night.
Zip! And I think that Schopenhauer was right.
I don’t want to see Zorina.
I don’t want to meet Cobina.
Zip! I’m an intellectual.
I don’t like a deep contralto,
Or a man whose voice is alto.
Zip! I’m a heterosexual.
Zip! It took intelect to master my art.
Zip! Who the hell is Margie Hart?


Zip! I consider Dali’s painting passe.
Zip! Can they make the Metropolitan pay?
Zip! English people don’t say clerk, they say clark.**
Zip! Anybody who says clark is a jark!
I have read the great Kabala
And I simply worship Allah.
Zip! I am just a mystic.
I don’t care for Whistler’s Mother,
Charlie’s Aunt, or Shubert’s brother.
Zip! I’m misogynistic.
Zip! My intelligence is guiding my hand.
Zip! Who the hell is Sally Rand?


Zip! Toscanini leads the greatest of bands.***
Zip! Jergen’s Lotion does the trick for his hands.
Zip! Rip Van Winkle on the screen would be smart.
Zip! Tyrone Power will be cast in the part.
I adore the great Confucius,
And the lines of luscious Lucius.
Zip! I am so ecletic.
I don’t care for either Mickey-
Mouse and Rooney make me sicky!
Zip! I’m a little hectic.
Zip! My artistic taste is classic and dear.****
Zip! Who the hell’s Lili St. Cyr?

*Earlier versions of lines 1-2:
I’ve interviewed Pablo Picasso
And a countess named di Frasso.

**Earlier version of refrain 2, lines 3-4:
Zip! Hearing rhumba bands will drive me to drink.
Zip! Mrs. Perkins isn’t red, she’s just pink.

***Earlier version of refrain 3, line 1:
Zip! That Stokowski leads the greatest of bands.

****Earlier version of refrain 3, lines 11-12:
Zip! My artistic taste is classic and choice.
Zip! Who the hell’s Rosita Royce?

Celebrities quoted in the song:
Leslie Howard actor known for “Gone with the wild”
Noel Coward actor, songwriter, author
Igor Stravinsky russian musician
Minsky the four Minsky brothers: Abe Minsky (1878–1960); Billy Minsky (1887–1932); Herbert Minsky (1892-?); and Morton Minsky (1902–1987) owner of “Minsky’s Burlesque” a brand of burlesque
“star who worked for Minsky” of course this refers to Gypsy Rose Lee
Walter Lippmann columnist, writer
Will Saroyan dramatist and author
Arthur Schopenhauer german philosopher
Vera Zorina ballerina of George Balanchine
Cobina Wright actress who gained later fame as a hostess and a syndicated gossip columnist
Margaret Hart Ferraro stripper
Salvador Dalí spanish painter
Shubert’s brother theatrical managers and producers
Sally Rand stripper and fan dancer
Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century
Jergens® Skincare Products Cincinnati based manufacturer of health and beauty skin care products including lotions, skin cleansers, facial cleansers and moisturizers
“Rip Van Winkle” is a short story by Washington Irving published in June 1819. In the story Rip, a young married Dutch American, alls asleep for twenty years. When he wakes and wanders back to his village, he is astonished by the changes that have taken place.
Tyrone Power famed american actor
Confucius, Chinese thinker and social philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period.
Lucius Beebe was an American author, gourmand, photographer, railroad historian, journalist, and syndicated columnist. Columnist Walter Winchell referred to Beebe and his wardrobe as “Luscious Lucius.” Beebe’s sartorial splendor was recognized when he appeared in full formal day attire on the cover of Life over the title of “Lucius Beebe Sets a Style.”
Mickey Mouse cartoon character created by Walt Disney Studios
Mickey Rooney famed american actor
Lili St. Cyr famed American burlesque stripper. Lili St. Cyr is mentioned also in the musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The final line of the song “Don’t Dream It” is “God bless Lili St. Cyr!”


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He Was Too Good To Me – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Simple Simon (musical)

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Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the review “Simple Simon” (1930) , but was dropped before the show’s New York opening.
In 1931 Rodgers& Hart were working on a movie called “the Hot Heiress” and they tried to reused the melody of this song with slightly different words. The result was a nice ballad called “He looks So Good To Me” but, once again, the song was removed from the movie.


There goes my young intended,
The thing is ended,
Regrets are vain.
I’ll never find
Another half so sweet
And we’ll never meet again.
I was a good sport
Told him
Eyes dim
But why

He was too good to me,
How can I get along now?
So close he stood to me
Everything seems all wrong now.
He who had brought me the sun
Making me smile,
That was his fun.
When I was mean to him
He’d never say go ‘way now,
I was a queen to him,
Whose gonna make me gay now?
It’s only natural that I’m blue,
He was too good to be true.

Carly Simon recorded this song but changed the last line of the verse.
And we’ll never meet again
I got impatient
Told him goodbye
Sad eyes out in the rain

Happy Hunting Horn – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Written for the musical Pal Joey
Also known as “”Happy Little Hunting Horn”
Introduced by Gene Kelly, Jane Fraser, and ensemble.

Don’t worry, girls,
I’m only on vacation,
Not out of circulation;
Don’t worry, girls.

Don’t worry, girls,
While I still have my eyesight
You’re going to be in my sight;
Don’t worry, girls.
You never can erase
The hunter from the chase.

Sound the happy hunting horn,
There’s new game on the trail now;
We’re hunting for quail now,
Happy little hunting horn.

Play the horn but don’t play corn.
The music must be nice now,
We’re hunting for mice now,
Happy little hunting horn.

Danger’s easy to endure when
You’re out to catch a beaut;
Lie in ambush, but be sure when
You see the whites of their eyes-don’t shoot!

Play the horn from night to morn.
Just play, no matter what time,
Play, “There’ll be a hot time!”
Happy little hunt-bang! bang!-ing horn.


beaut: slang for beauty, girl
You see the whites of their eyes-don’t shoot!: this line refers to the famous order “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” was popularized in stories about the battle of Bunker Hill. It might, of course, have a sexual double entendre

Chicago (a Great Big Town) – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
written for the musical “Pal Joey”. In the movie version of the musical the song was re-titled “San Francisco” since the set of the show was moved from Chicago to San francisco (don’t ask me why), the new lyrics of San Francisco were not by Lorenz Hart .
Introduced by Dancer and Chorus Girls.

There’s a great big town
On a great big lake
Called Chicago.
When the sun goes down
It is wide awake.
Take your ma and your pa,
Go to Chicago.

Boston is England
N’Orleans is France,
New York is anyone’s
For ten cents a dance

But This great big town
On a great big lake
Is America’s first
And Americans make
Hi ya boys.

“Ten Cents a Dance” is a popular song in which a taxi dancer laments the hardships of her job. The music was written by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Lorenz Hart. The song was published in 1930.

Thou Swell – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Hart
From A Connecticut Yankee 1927 the song was also used in the revival of the show in 1943
This funny and witty love song was the first song performed in the first act of the musical but was listed third in the program since the first two songs were performed in the prologue.
Introduce by William Gaxton (Martin) and  Constance Carpenter (The Demoiselle Alisande la Carteloise)
The music of the song is featured in the film “All About Eve” (1950). It is played on the piano at the party when Margo tells her friends to “fasten their seat belts”.


He: Babe, we are well met as in a spell met, I lift my helmet
Sandy, you’re just dandy for just this here lad
You’re such a fistfull, my eyes are mistful
Are you too wistful to care to say you care to say
“Come near, lad.”

You are so graceful, have you wings?
You have a face full of nice things
You have no speaking voice, dear with ev’ry word it sings

Thou swell! Thou witty! Thou sweet! Thou grand!
Wouldst kiss me pretty? Wouldst hold my hand?
Both thine eyes are cute too; what they do to me
Hear me holler I choose a Sweet lollapaloosa in thee
I’d feel so rich in a hut for two
Two rooms and kitchen I’m sure would do
Give me just a plot of not a lot of land
And Thou swell! Thou Witty! Thou Grand!

Thy words are queer, Sir, unto mine ear, Sir
Yet thou’rt a dear, Sir, to me
Thou could’st woo me now could’st though try, Sir
I’d murmur “Swell”, too and like it well too
More thou wilt tell to Sandy, thou art dandy
Now art though my knight
Thine arms are martial; thou hast grace
My cheek is partial to thy face
And if they lips grow weary, mine are resting place


Since the song was written for the musical version of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” Larry wrote several songs for that show blending archaic english and modern american slang.
thou: Used to indicate the one being addressed, especially in a literary, liturgical, or devotional context. Middle English, from Old English, second person nominative sing
wouldst: Archaic Second person singular past tense of will.
to holler: to cry aloud; shout; yell 1690–1700, Americanism ; var. of holla
lollapalooza: SLANG something or someone very striking or exceptional.
unto: an archaic word for “to”

thou’rt: thou art i.e. you are in archaic informal singular