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When Hammerstein is for the birds
Last Edit: WaymanWong 04:47 pm EDT 04/18/24
Posted by: WaymanWong 04:35 pm EDT 04/18/24
In reply to: re: What are Oscar Hammerstein II's best lyrics? (or... your personal favorites) - Chromolume 06:14 pm EDT 04/17/24

I love Hammerstein, but sometimes he got carried away with his nature imagery.

Like ''The Sound of Music'' lyric: ''To sing through the night, like a lark that is learning to pray.''

First off, larks aren't known as birds of pray (or prey), let alone been witnessed doing any religious rituals.

Even Hammerstein's most famed pupil, Stephen Sondheim, apparently wrote in his ''Finishing the Hat'' collection of lyrics: “And while we’re at it, how can you tell a lark that is just learning to pray from one who’s actually praying? Wait a minute — a lark praying? What are we talking about?”

Speaking of larks, I've always loved ''Up With the Lark.'' Hammerstein and Jerome Kern wrote this gem for the 1946 movie of ''Centennial Summer.''
Link 'Centennial Summer': 'Up With the Lark' (1946)
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