Ira Gershwin

American lyricist (1896–1983)

Israel Gershowitz (later Ira Gershwin; December 6, 1896August 17, 1983) was an American lyricist, best remembered for the songs he wrote in collaboration with his brother George Gershwin.

Ira Gershwin, 1925


  • You've made my life so glamorous,
    You can't blame me for feeling amorous.
    'S wonderful, 's marvellous
    That you should care for me.
  • I got rhythm,
    I got music,
    I got my man
    Who could ask for anything more?
  • Summertime and the livin' is easy,
    Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high.
    Oh yo' daddy's rich, and yo' ma is good lookin',
    So hush, little baby, don' yo' cry.
  • It ain't necessarily so,
    It ain't necessarily so.
    De t'ings dat yo' li'ble
    To read in de Bible,
    It ain't necessarily so.
  • They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
    When he said the world was round;
    They all laughed when Edison recorded sound.
  • The way you wear your hat,
    The way you sip your tea,
    The mem'ry of all that –
    No, no! They can't take that away from me!
  • Poor Jenny, bright as a penny!
    Her equal would be hard to find.
    She lost one dad and mother,
    A sister and a brother--
    But she would make up her mind.
    • "The Saga of Jenny", Lady in the Dark
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