Yip Harburg

po_Harburg-YipEdgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg, April 8, 1896 – March 5, 1981) was an American popular song lyricist.

He wrote the lyrics to the standards “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” “April in Paris,” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including “Over the Rainbow.” He was known for the social commentary of his lyrics, as well as his liberal sensibilities. He also championed racial and gender equality and union politics.