Ira Gershwin


Classical Academy | Musicals

 

It's not often that lyricists share the limelight with the singers and songwriters, but the inimitable Ira Gershwin achieved phenomenal success alongside his brother George - fame that was thoroughly deserved. With more than a dozen Broadway shows to their names, the Gershwin brothers collaborated to write some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century.

 

Ira started out as a cashier in his father's Turkish baths before he took to writing song lyrics. As soon as he began working with his brother, it was clear that the duo were a perfect fit for each other. From The Man I Love to Fascinating Rhythm and They Can't Take That Away From Me, the winning combination of catchy melodies and witty lyrics turned the pair into a dominant force in American musical history. Three years passed after George's sudden death in 1937 before Ira could face writing again, and although he never reached his former heights, his talen remained undisputed.

 

He went on to write a celebrated book, Lyrics on Several Occasions, which combines autobiographical extracts with an annotated anthology, is still used as an essential guide to the art of the lyricst. Share the laughs and the tears of Ira's beautiful lyrics in this recording of the Gershwin brothers' best songs.

 

You can read more about he musical's Golden Age, or why not explore the other developments of the 20th century period.

 

Ira’s lyrics for “They Can’t Take That Away From Me
The way you wear your hat
The way you sip your tea
The memory of all that
No they can't take that away from me
 
The way your smile just beams
The way you sing off key
The way you haunt my dreams
No they can't take that away from me
 
We may never never meet again, on that bumpy road to love
Still I'll always, always keep the memory of
 
The way you hold your knife
The way we danced till three
The way you changed my life
No they can't take that away from me