But Judy belts it out with such glorious spirit that it'll still bring a lump to your throat...
The film added the song 'It's a Great Day for the Irish' to George M Cohan's original 1922 musical; it was written by Roger Edens. But it's not the only song in the movie everyone knows. The film also gives Judy Garland an opportunity to sing 'Singin' in the Rain' (also not in Cohan's 1922 musical) a good ten years before Gene Kelly made it forever his own in the film 'Singin' in the Rain'.
It's fun, as St Patrick's Day arrives, to think of a few lyrics for 'It's a Great Day for the Irish' that might deviate a little from the original, but might be a little closer to the truth... and to the much darker city Stefan Gillespie found..
'Begosh, there’s not a cop to stay cold sober!
Begorra, sure isn’t each one of them on payola?'
It's still something to enjoy on St Patrick's Day though, even if the Hollywood backlot doesn't feel much like Fifth Avenue!