Sunday Song Lyric:
The songwriting duo of Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg may be best known for the songs they wrote for The Wizard of Oz, particularly "Over the Rainbow." This weekend's news brings to mind another Arle-Yarburg gem: Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe. It begins:
It seem like happiness is jus' a thing called Joe
He got a smile that make the lilac wanna grow
He got a way that make the angels heave a sigh
When they know little Joe's passing by.
Full lyrics here.
"make the lilac wanna grow": must you, on a Sunday morning?
8.24.2008 7:35am
Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
Proof positive that Ebonics sprung from Yiddish via the Tin Pan Alley connection.
8.24.2008 9:30am
Ted S. (mail) (www):
I can strongly recommend the movie in which it appeared (the song was nominated for an Oscar), Cabin in the Sky.
8.24.2008 11:12am
JosephSlater (mail):
As a "Joe" who informally collects "Joe" songs, thanks for pointing out another one to me.
8.24.2008 11:36am
Obama's theme song:

I could while away the hours
Conferrin' with the flowers
Consultin' with the rain
And my head I'd be scratchin'
While my thoughts were busy hatchin'
If I only had a clue.

I would not be just a nuffin'
My head all full of stuffin'
My heart all full of pain
I would dance and be merry
Life would be a ding-a-derry
If I only had a clue.
8.25.2008 12:26am
Tony Tutins (mail):
Didn't the FBI accuse Harburg of writing this song to praise Joe Stalin, back during the McCarthy era?
8.25.2008 2:15pm