Company/Bump A Knee
Posted by: reed23 05:24 pm EST 11/21/23
In reply to: re: FORBIDDEN SONDHEIM - EvFoDr 07:49 pm EST 11/20/23

Actually Lorenz Hart (in 1926) humorously rhymed "company" and "bump a knee" with the correct syllabic emphasis, in the verse to the title song of THE GIRL FRIEND:

My girl's the kind of girl for steady company,
It's steady company that I prefer

When in the Charleston dance I want to bump a knee,
I want to bump a knee with her.

Homely wrecks appeal when their cheques appeal
But she has sex appeal, yes sir!

Wait'll I tell ya ...

(CHORUS)
Isn't she cute, isn't she sweet... (etc)

(The first lines are iambic, i.e. ba-DUM ba-DUM etc...)

What Gerard refers to in his COMPANY parody is that Sondheim was famously (or notoriously) contemptuous of Larry Hart's rhyme, and work in general – which I always found odd (or telling) since his own work is more in the Hart vein than in Hammerstein's (Sondheim's mentor.)

Gerard makes a bit of fun of this Sondheim anti-Hart tic at the end of his parody of the title song of COMPANY – parodying the revival cast crammed into that tiny box and climbing all over each other:

"That's what it's all about it, isn't it?
Turning a show inside out, isn't it?
Change for the sake of a change, isn't it?

(This I hate and this I hate and isn't it and isn't it, etc.)

"We'll piss Stephen off
Using Larry Hart's
Rhyme for 'company:"

Bump a knee!"
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