Mountain Greenery

Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Year Written 1926
About Mountain Greenery
Rodgers and Hart wrote “Mountain Greenery” in 1926 for one their earliest musicals, The Garrick Gaieties, where it was introduced by Sterling Holloway. It had two recordings in 1926: one by Roger Wolfe Kahn and the other by Frank Crumit. In later years, this song was recorded by Bing Crosby, Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett.


On the first of May
It is a moving day
spring is here, so blow your job,
throw your job away

Now the time to trust
to your wanderlust.
In the city’s dust you wait
must you wait?
Just you wait

In a mountain greenery
where God paints the scenery
just two crazy people together.

While you love your lover, let
blues skies be your coverlet.
When it rains we’ll laugh at the weather.

And if you’re good
I’ll search for wood
so you can cook
while I stand looking.

Beans could get no keener
reception in a beanery.
Bless our Mountain Greenery home!

Mosquitoes here
Won’t bite you, dear
Well I’ve let them sting
Me on the finger

We could find no cleaner retreat
From life’s machinery
Bless our Mountain Greenery home!
our Mountain Greenery home

Session / Album Information


“Mountain Greenery” was recorded in July 1973 and was released in 1977 on Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart.

Mountain Greenery

Listen to Mountain Greenery on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2004.

This recording released on:

  • 1977: Improv LP 12″: 7120 — Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart
  •  Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 1982: Old Gold 45: OG 9184
  • 1990: King CD: KICP-2046 — The Rodgers and Hart Songbook [Japan]
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5241 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [Japan]
  • 1991: Improv LP 12″: DARC2-2102 — The Rodgers And Hart Songbook
  • 2000: Horatio Nelson CD: HNRCD9001 — The Essential Tony Bennett (UK
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2004: Concord CD: PRO-CJ-0081-2 — The Complete Improv Recordings Sampler
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2005: Concord CD: 2243 — Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
  • 2006: Universal CD: 3122432 — Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #51 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK50) Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers and Hart

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