In Great Men of American Popular Song David Ewen tells how composer Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Imagination” brought him to Hollywood. “Mark Sandrich, producer of the Astaire-Ginger Rogers screen musicals, heard the song, fell in love with it, and yelled out to one of his assistants, ‘Get me that guy!’” Lyricist Johnny Burke, who had written the lyrics for “Imagination,” was already established in Hollywood as a top lyricist for Bing Crosby films. Eventually the pair worked on several of the “Road” pictures starring Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour.
Ewen also quotes Van Heusen’s recollection of his first meeting with Burke at the office of the music publisher where Van Heusen worked. “He just came into the office [Remick’s] to shoot the breeze. He said to me, ‘Got any tunes?’ I said, ‘Sure!’ So we went and wrote ‘Oh, You Crazy Moon.’ The next time he was in, we did ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams.’ Soon after that came ‘Imagination.’”
Imagination is funny It makes a cloudy day sunny It makes a bee think of honey Just as I think of you
Imagination is crazy Your whole perspective gets hazy Starts you asking a daisy What to do, what to do
Have you ever felt a gentle touch And then a kiss, and then and then Find it's only your imagination again
Imagination is silly You go around willy nilly For example I go around wanting you