THIS MONTH’S PARODY (Feb 15) It’s very clear…


by George & Ira Gershwin. This great classic of the American song book was penned for the movie The Goldwyn Follies in 1938. It was the last composition of George, the lyrics being added after his untimely death by brother Ira. The parody by the magnificent Allan Sherman (1924-73) comes from his 1964 album For Swingin’ Livers Only.

It’s very clear
Our love is here to stay,
Not for a year
But forever and a day.

The radio and the telephone
And the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies
And in time may go,

But oh, my dear
Our love is here to stay.
Together we’re
We’re goin’ a long, long way.
In time the Rockies may crumble
Gibraltar may tumble –
They’re only made of clay –
But our love is here to stay.

     Alan Sherman

It’s very clear your mother’s here to stay,

Not just a year but forever and a day.

She came to stay just for Mother’s Day

With the kids and you and me –

And that was Mother’s Day of 1953.

If it appears that I’ve become a grouch

It’s all these years of sleeping on the couch.

I hear Gibraltar just tumbled,

The Rockies just crumbled –

I knew they’d go some day –

But your mother’s here to stay.

If she’d go back, if she’d just say goodbye,

I’d help her pack and as she left I’d cry.

She just complains with her aches and pains

And her arteries are hard.

How come she’s out there playing leapfrog in the yard?

Her evening snack would feed a herd of elk

Then she sits back and watches Laurence Welk.

I’m taking you and the cherubs

And just like the Arabs

We’ll silently steal away

To leave your mother here to stay.

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