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Q: Kurt Weill lyrics ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Kurt Weill lyrics
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: grandvenise-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 19 Feb 2005 18:14 PST
Expires: 21 Mar 2005 18:14 PST
Question ID: 477310
for "Tchaikovsky" which Danny Kaye sang in the original production of
Lady in the Dark
Subject: Re: Kurt Weill lyrics
Answered By: markj-ga on 20 Feb 2005 06:16 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
grandvenise --

Here's a link to the lyrics Of "Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians":

Digital Inflection: Tschaikowsky And Other Russians (about halfway down the page)

Search Strategy:

Like other researchers who presumably have taken a shot at your
question, I initially (surprisingly) found no online source for the
lyrics, after using variant spellings of Tchaikovsky's name in my
searches, along with a wide variety of other search terms related to
Danny Kaye, Kurt Weill, Lady in the Dark, and so on.

Knowing that the lyrics were by Ira Gershwin and that there is a
coffee-table book of his complete lyrics, I then checked to
see if that site's "Search Inside the Book" feature is available for
that book.  It is, and I found the lyrics by using it.  Here is its
listing page for the book, in case you are interested: The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

I whiled some time away attempting to decipher the names of all of the
50 Russians at the Amazon site, since I have Kaye's recording of this
tour de force patter song, which goes by so fast that some of the more
obscure names are gibberish to a non-Russian listener.

It then occurred to me to try one more Google search using a string of
those names instead of focusing on "Tchaikovsky" with all its variant
spellings and well over a million online references.

This resulted in locating the site linked above, which, I am fairly
confident, is the only online source of these lyrics other than the site, where the scanned page (page 293) from the book is
almost illegible.  This is the simple search that worked:

"glinka winkler"

Notice that Ira Gershwin spells the composer's name as "Tschaikowsky,"
which is much less common that the usual English spelling,

I am confident that this is the exact information you are looking for.
 If anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before rating
the answer.

grandvenise-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Excellent turnaround, markj-ga (you're a better Googler than I!) Do
you know the equally goofy song of Tom Lehrer "The Elements"?

Subject: Re: Kurt Weill lyrics
From: pinkfreud-ga on 19 Feb 2005 19:48 PST
The sheet music (including lyrics) to "Tschaikowsky (And Other
Russians)" can be downloaded here for $4.95:
Subject: Re: Kurt Weill lyrics
From: markj-ga on 20 Feb 2005 14:24 PST
grandvenise --

Thanks for five stars and the nice tip.  And, I am indeed familiar
with "The Elements,"  which is from that classic LP "An Evening Wasted
With Tom Lehrer."  It is also in a folio for piano called "Too Many
Songs By Tom Lehrer, With Not Enough Drawings By Ronald Searle," which
is on my lap as I type this.  Thanks for prompting me to dig it out my
pile of music.


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