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June 10, 2021


After Hoagy Carmichael wrote the music for Skylark, he gave it to Mercer to add lyrics. It took Mercer a year to do so -- they were about his "longing for Judy Garland"

Ella Fitzgerald's rendition:

To the other DL: "Skylark" is one of my favorite Hoagy & Johnny collaborations. (The bridge is out of this world, music & lyrics alike.) I didn't know it took Mercer a year to write the words. Ella's version is wonderful, as is Helen Merrill's. Thanks for the info!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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