Prime Artist:              Unknown
Lyrics by:                 Ira Gershwin     (b. Israel Gershvin)

Lyrics by:                 Arthur Francis (pseudonym for Ira Gershwin)

Lyrics by:                 B.G. DeSylva  (aka 'Buddy', aka, 'George Gard DeSylva')
Music by:                  George Gershwin     (b. Jacob Gershvin)
From:                      1920

Music:  Composer is unknown, but probably George Gershwin


A rhyming dictionary isn't all that it should be
As you'll discover should you look one through.
Tho' oftentimes you find that rhymes have reason, I'll agree,
Your reason tells you lots of rhymes won't do.
A word like "kiss" should rhyme with "bliss";
That's rhyming as it should be.
But common sense and experience
Show some as bad as could be.


Just take a word like "hubby";
The rhyme for that is "clubby"
For no reason at all.
Then there's the movie actor;
He rhymes with "benefactor"
For no reason at all.
I can get the sense when "whiskey" *
Makes a rhyme for "frisky"
For there's some connection there as I recall,
But when then our subway traction
Rhymes with "satisfaction"
There's no reason at all.

* Alternate version of refrain, lines 7-9

I agree a word like "ladies"
Finds a perfect rhyme in "Hades"
For they've always raised the devil since man's fall.

Contributed by Carlene Bogle