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E. Y. Harburg

Geburtstag: 8. April 1896
Todesdatum: 5. März 1981

E. Y. Harburg, auch Edgar „Yip“ Harburg war ein US-amerikanischer Liedtexter. Er arbeitete mit Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin und Jerome Kern zusammen und schrieb die Texte einiger Klassiker des Great American Songbooks wie „April in Paris“, „Brother Can You Spare a Dime?“ und „Over the Rainbow“. Wikipedia

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„You gotta rock that rainbow while you still got your youth!
Oh! Ain't it the solid truth?“

—  Yip Harburg

"Ain't It the Truth" originally written for Cabin in the Sky (1943), but pulled from the show, and later included in Jamaica (1957) - Lena Horne version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMSyXuvNpeM
Kontext: Life is short, short, brother!
Ain't it the truth?
And there is no other
Ain't it the truth?
You gotta rock that rainbow while you still got your youth!
Oh! Ain't it the solid truth?

„Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then, oh why can't I?“

—  Yip Harburg

'"Over the Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Kontext: Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then, oh why can't I?

„My heart is like the willow
That bends, but never breaks.
It sighs when summer jilts her,
It sings when April wakes.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Irreverent Heart"
Rhymes for the Irreverent (1965)
Kontext: My heart is like the willow
That bends, but never breaks.
It sighs when summer jilts her,
It sings when April wakes. So you, who come a-smiling
With summer in your eyes,
Think not that your beguiling
Will take me by surprise. My heart's prepared for aching
The moment you take wing.
But not, my friend, for breaking
While there's another spring.

„How are things in Glocca Morra?
Is that little brook still leaping there?
Does it still run down to Donny cove?
Through Killybegs, Kilkerry and Kildare?“

—  Yip Harburg

"How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" - Petula Clark version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhnNQ6XXUKI

„Lives of great men all remind us greatness takes no easy way.
All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today.“

—  Yip Harburg

As quoted in "A Tribute to Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the Rainbow in the Wizard of Oz" at Democracy Now (25 November 2004) http://www.democracynow.org/2004/11/25/a_tribute_to_yip_harburg_the.
Kontext: Lives of great men all remind us greatness takes no easy way.
All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today.
Socrates and Galileo, John Brown, Thoreau, Christ, and Debs
Heard the night cry down with traitors, and the dawn shout "Up the reds!"

„I am a rebel by birth. … I contest anything that is unjust, that causes suffering in humanity.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Yip Harburg: Secular Songwriter" by Dan Barker in Freethought Today Vol. 22, No. 3 (April 2005) http://archive.is/20120711052246/http://ffrf.org/fttoday/2005/april/barker.php
Kontext: I am a rebel by birth. … I contest anything that is unjust, that causes suffering in humanity. My feelings about that are so strong, I don't think I could live with myself if I weren't honest.

„I hope to God that He
Unswervingly believes in me.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Agnostic".
Rhymes for the Irreverent (1965)
Kontext: No matter how much I probe and prod,
I cannot quite believe in God;
But oh, I hope to God that He
Unswervingly believes in me.

„No matter how much I probe and prod,
I cannot quite believe in God“

—  Yip Harburg

"Agnostic".
Rhymes for the Irreverent (1965)
Kontext: No matter how much I probe and prod,
I cannot quite believe in God;
But oh, I hope to God that He
Unswervingly believes in me.

„My heart's prepared for aching
The moment you take wing.
But not, my friend, for breaking
While there's another spring.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Irreverent Heart"
Rhymes for the Irreverent (1965)
Kontext: My heart is like the willow
That bends, but never breaks.
It sighs when summer jilts her,
It sings when April wakes. So you, who come a-smiling
With summer in your eyes,
Think not that your beguiling
Will take me by surprise. My heart's prepared for aching
The moment you take wing.
But not, my friend, for breaking
While there's another spring.

„Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade.“

—  Yip Harburg

"It's Only a Paper Moon" (1933) (co-written with Billy Rose).
Kontext: Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade. It's a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

„And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Over the Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Judy Garland version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU
Kontext: Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

„Life is short, short, brother!
Ain't it the truth?“

—  Yip Harburg

"Ain't It the Truth" originally written for Cabin in the Sky (1943), but pulled from the show, and later included in Jamaica (1957) - Lena Horne version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMSyXuvNpeM
Kontext: Life is short, short, brother!
Ain't it the truth?
And there is no other
Ain't it the truth?
You gotta rock that rainbow while you still got your youth!
Oh! Ain't it the solid truth?

„Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow it over the hill and stream
Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow the fellow who follows a dream.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Look to the Rainbow", in Finian's Rainbow (1946) - Petula Clark version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGLbbg_E6Sg
Kontext: On the day I was born,
Said my father, said he
I've an elegant legacy waiting for ye.
Tis a rhyme for your lips
And a song for your heart
To sing it whenever the world falls apart. Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow it over the hill and stream
Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow the fellow who follows a dream.

„Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart…“

—  Yip Harburg

"April in Paris" (1932) - Sarah Vaughan & Ella Fitzgerald renditions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO8Mco70sWg - Doris Day version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StUurOG9h34
Kontext: I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace
'Til April in Paris.
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart...

„Hold onto your breath
Hold onto your heart
Hold onto your hope“

—  Yip Harburg

"Optimistic Voices".
Kontext: You’re out of the woods
You’re out of the dark
You’re out of the night
Step into the sun, step into the light,
Keep straight ahead
For the most glorious place
On the Face of the Earth
Or the sky. Hold onto your breath
Hold onto your heart
Hold onto your hope,
March up to the gate
And bid it open.

„Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Over the Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Judy Garland version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU
Kontext: Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

„You’re out of the woods
You’re out of the dark
You’re out of the night
Step into the sun, step into the light“

—  Yip Harburg

"Optimistic Voices".
Kontext: You’re out of the woods
You’re out of the dark
You’re out of the night
Step into the sun, step into the light,
Keep straight ahead
For the most glorious place
On the Face of the Earth
Or the sky. Hold onto your breath
Hold onto your heart
Hold onto your hope,
March up to the gate
And bid it open.

„To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse.“

—  Yip Harburg

"Inscription On A Lipstick" in The Garment Worker Vol. 41 (1941), p. 10.

„No matter how high or great the throne,
What sits on it is the same as your own.“

—  Yip Harburg

As quoted in The Americans (1970) by David Frost, p. 181.

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