Mountain Greenery

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"Mountain Greenery"
Song from The Garrick Gaieties
Songwriter(s)Lorenz Hart
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers

"Mountain Greenery" is a popular song composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Lorenz Hart for the musical The Garrick Gaieties (1926).

The lyrics display Hart's characteristic use of enjambement and witty and unexpected internal rhymes e.g. 'lover let' and 'coverlet' and 'keener re...' rhymed with 'beanery':

'On the first of May, it is moving day/ Spring is here, so blow your job/ Throw your job away/ Now's the time to trust/ To your wanderlust/ In the city's dust you wait, must you wait/ Just you wait/ In a mountain greenery/ Where God paints the scenery/ Just two crazy people together/ While you love your lover/ Let blue skies, be your coverlet/ When it rains we'll laugh at the weather/ And if you're good, I'll search for wood/ So you can cook, while I stand looking/ Beans could get no keener reception in a beanery/ Bless our mountain greenery home/ Simple cooking means/ More than French Cuisines/ I've a banquet planned which is/ Sandwiches and beans/ Coffee's just as grand/ With a little sand/ Eat and you'll grow fatter, boy/ S'matter, boy?/ Huh, huh, 'atta boy'

It was first performed on stage by Sterling Holloway. It was featured in the MGM film Words and Music (1948 film) (1948) when it was performed by Perry Como, Allyn Ann McLerie and chorus. Fans of The Dick Van Dyke Show will remember the duet by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in the episode "The Sleeping Brother".

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