Blah Blah Blah (Gershwin song)

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"Blah Blah Blah"
Composer(s) George Gershwin
Lyricist(s) Ira Gershwin

"Blah, Blah, Blah" is a 1931 song with music by George Gershwin, to lyrics by his brother Ira Gershwin. [1] Originally written for the abortive East is West [2] it was taken "out of the trunk" by the Gershwins for the 1931 film Delicious . [3] It was later used in the 2012 Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It , which features songs by George and Ira.


It goes in part: [4]

Blah, Blah, Blah, blah moon, Blah, Blah, Blah above. Blah, Blah, Blah, blah croon, Blah, Blah, Blah, blah love."

The song is a parody of the clichés of contemporary love songs; Gerald Mast in Can't Help Singin' describes the "treacly tune" and Ira Gershwin's "refusal to write coherent words except the hackneyed rhymes to conclude every line". [5]

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  1. William H. Young, Nancy K. Young Music of the Great Depression 2005 p.271 " "Blah, Blah, Blah" (1931; music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin), "
  2. Caryl Brahms, Ned Sherrin Song by song: the lives and work of 14 great lyric writers 1984 p52 "The invitation inspired a quick dash to the trunk to unearth 'Blah, Blah, Blah', from the abortive East is West, a title song, ..."
  3. The Melody Lingers on: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie 1999 "Although one song, "Blah-Blah-Blah," was taken "out of the trunk," Gershwin worked hard on the others,"
  4. Sarah Kozloff Overhearing Film Dialogue 2000 p181 "Take George and Ira Gershwin's 1931 "Blah-Blah-Blah." Blah, Blah, Blah, blah moon, Blah, Blah, Blah above. Blah, Blah, Blah, blah croon, Blah, Blah, Blah, blah love.""
  5. Gerald Mast (1987). Can't Help Singin': The American Musical on Stage and Screen. Overlook Press. p. 70. ISBN   978-0-87951-283-5.