Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought
Yip Harburg, 1896 – 1981
In a career spanning over fifty years, E. Y. “Yip” Harburg (1896-1981), lyricist and poet, a self-styled “fellow who followed a dream,” wrote the words to over 600 songs, including all of the lyrics in the 1939 motion picture classic The Wizard of Oz, which featured the Oscar-winning “Over the Rainbow,” which was voted Number One Song of the 20th Century in a 2001 poll conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America and Best Film Song of All Time by the American Film Institute in 2004. Yip also wrote lyrics for the immortal standards “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” “April in Paris” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” All of these classic songs are still sung worldwide.