An Accidental Ironist and an Intentional one. There has been no shortage of commentary on the differences between the songs written by Rodgers and Hart and those written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Hart's lyrics are more likely to be ironic, even bitter, and although often very funny and certainly comic more often than not don't let the listener escape a whiff of the tragic. Hammerstein's lyrics are filled with unalloyed beautiful mornings, the beauties of getting to know other human beings and a general sense of optimism, even if sometimes the optimist is a bit cock-eyed. This is not mostly because the primary source of imagery is spring, but because in "It Might As Well Be Spring" Hammerstein ventures into Hart's territory of irony albeit by necessity rather than intention. Oscar Hammerstein's lyric for "It Might As Well Be Spring" is not only "lilting" as Zinsser notes just above, but is more layered with irony than much of his other work.
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Born in Buenos Aires in , Haymes was the son of British parents, who at the time were living on the cattle ranch they owned in Argentina. After they separated, he was reared by his mother in Paris before the Depression crippled their finances. He spent the rest of his formative years in the United States, where his mother performed as a singer.
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