Full Of Shine And Full Of Sparkle: Top Ten Jerry Herman Songs

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07 Dec 2013

4. "I Won't Send Roses" from Mack & Mabel

If Jerry Herman's songs are often uncomplicated — unsophisticated, even — what takes them over the line into being powerful and gripping is how moving basic human emotions can be when expressed in such a straightforward manner. There's barely even a metaphor here. Mack is literally telling Mabel he won't send roses. But therein lies Herman's genius. We feel Mabel's ache. And like so many great Jerry Herman songs, you can stick in this song on your album, in your cabaret act or sing it to your lover — these feelings are universal. Of course, it would be better if you did send roses…


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