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In Episode 48 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg speaks with Yip’s son Ernie Harburg, co-author of Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz? Yip Harburg, Lyricist, and Deena Rosenberg-Harburg, Yip’s daughter-in-law and author of Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin. The interview was conducted on Feb. 22, 2020.

Harburg Recapitulations

On August 27, 2016 Yip’s great-grandson David Harburg, working with Children Waiting Everywhere, presented CONCERT FOR UGANDA, to raise funds to help build and paint a new schoolroom at the Bishop Magambo Primary School in Uganda. The concert featured new renditions of songs with lyrics by Yip including “Over the Rainbow,” “Old Devil Moon” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”  The players were David Harburg, Joseph Shelcusky with music on the piano, Ed Wells sharing his originals and Rob Horning on violin. Venue: EMU Alexander Music Building Recital Hall. The tracks are now available on Spotify.

Who’s Line is it Anyway?

These evocative lyrics come from the song “Down with Love” – lyrics by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg and music by Harold Arlen.

The popular song was originally for the Broadway musical Hooray for What! and has been sung over the years by the artists below. 

Vivian Vance (with Ed Wynn) in Hooray for What! She introduced the song on Broadway in that show.

Barbra Streisand’s cover (1963) includes notable lyric additions.

“Because I talk to the trees, but they don’t listen to me…
I tell them:
You say eether – I say eyether,
You say neether, I say nyther
Eether, eyether
Neether, nyther
Let’s call the whole thing off!”

A year later, Judy Garland performed Down with Love  on “The Judy Garland Show” (1964). Her cover was explosive due, in part, to her suggestively stark lyric adaptation.

“Are we mice or are we men?
Can’t you see the light?
Come you fellow victims lets unite!”

Holly Palmer (& Michael Bublé), 2003

Michael Bublé (& Holly Palmer), 2003