'My Funny Valentine'

Composer Richard Rodgers in London for the opening of 'The Boys From Syracuse'. i i

hide captionComposer Richard Rodgers in London for the opening of 'The Boys From Syracuse'.

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Composer Richard Rodgers in London for the opening of 'The Boys From Syracuse'.

Composer Richard Rodgers in London for the opening of 'The Boys From Syracuse'.

Ted West/Getty Images

Floated by the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrical wit of Lorenz (Larry) Hart, "My Funny Valentine," written for the 1937 musical Babes in Arms, remains a perennial favorite come Valentine's Day. Its lyrics, however, don't exactly make for a typical sappy love song.

NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on the song's scope and the troubled, talented man who penned its familiar phrases.

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