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re: What are Oscar Hammerstein II's best lyrics? (or... your personal favorites)
Last Edit: GrumpyMorningBoy 03:13 pm EDT 04/17/24
Posted by: GrumpyMorningBoy 03:10 pm EDT 04/17/24
In reply to: re: What are Oscar Hammerstein II's best lyrics? (or... your personal favorites) - BroadwayTonyJ 02:30 pm EDT 04/17/24

I'm as restless as a willow in a windstorm,
I'm as jumpy as a puppet on a string!

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I almost mentioned this in my OP. It's easily one of my all-time favorite Hammerstein lyrics.

Hammerstein wasn't at all afraid of a good metaphor or simile -- "A Wonderful Guy," and "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," arguably his most famous -- but what always impresses me about Hammerstein's metaphors are how truly original they are, yet how they sound like something folks must have been saying for all time.

A willow in a windstorm? Effortless. Instantly conjures up just the mental image that we need for this lyric to land.

Corny as Kansas in August? I mean, come ON. Seems like it's just been lying there forever waiting for someone to say it. No one had.

- GMB
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