I’ll Take Manhattan

22 Jun


Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart

Music by: Richard Rodgers

From the Show: The Garrick Gaieties (1925)


Summer journeys to Niag’ra
and to other places aggra-
vate all our cares.
We’ll save our fares

I’ve a cozy little flat in
what is known as old Manhattan
we’ll settle down
right here in town

We’ll have Manhattan
the Bronx and Staten
Island too.
It’s lovely going through
the zoo

It’s very fancy
on old Delancy
street you know
The subway charms us so
when balmy breezes blow
to and fro

And tell me what street
compares with Mott Street
in July
Sweet pushcarts gently gli-ding by

The great big city’s a wonderous toy
just made for a girl and boy
We’ll turn Manhattan
into an isle of joy

We’ll go to Yonkers
Where true love conquers
In the whiles
And starve together dear, in Child’s

We’ll go to Coney
And eat baloney on a roll

In Central Park we’ll stroll
Where our first kiss we stole
Soul to soul

And “Abie’s Irish Rose” is a terrific show they say
We both may see it close, some day

The city’s glamour can never spoil
The dreams of a boy and goil
We’ll turn Manhattan
into an isle of joy


What do you think of this song? Hubby says that it was written with a great pinch of irony about the love/hate relationship one has with Manhattan.

I like to believe that it was written as a real love song to the city.

Who’s right?

Maybe a little bit of both of us?

Tell me what you think!




4 Responses to “I’ll Take Manhattan”

  1. Johnny D June 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    As you suggest, I actually think it’s both. It is a love song to the city, but it gets in a few teasing shots–the lines about the pushcarts gently gliding by on Mott St. and the subway charming them with balmy breezes, I think, are definitely tongue in cheek, when you think about what the city must have been like in the days without air conditioning in the subway or anywhere else, and the streets filled with horse-drawn vehicles and carts. And the line about “Abie’s Irish Rose” being terrific but maybe they’ll see it close one day–it must have been the “Cats” of its time!

    • sallanscorner June 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      Maybe you’re right, but I still like to think that it’s more written in innocence than in irony… (spoken with my head in the clouds…)

  2. doose June 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Moose says: Definitely, a love story to the city

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