Lyricist Ira Gershwin was born 125 years ago today, on 06-December-1896. He was one of the masters of the English language. He wrote many standards with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin. George died at 38, but Ira lived to be 86. After George died, Ira worked with other composers, including Kurt Weill, Vernon Duke, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern.