Irving Caesar

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Irving Caesar (4 July 1895 - 18 December 1996) originally known as Isidor Caesar, was a prominent Jewish-American lyricist and theater composer who wrote lyrics for "Swanee," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Crazy Rhythm," and "Tea for Two," one of the most frequently recorded tunes ever written.


  • Picture you upon my knee,
    Just tea for two and two for tea
    • "Tea For Two"
  • Sometimes I'm happy
    sometimes I'm blue
    my disposition
    depends on you.
    • "Sometimes I'm Happy"


  • I see the Flowers free,
    And a little bird singing on a tree.
    It sings to me the whole day long,
    And I love to hear it's pretty song.
    • Caesar's first poem
    • Written at age 6


  • The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.


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