Mercer said that he struggled for a year after he got the music from Carmichael before he could get the lyrics right. Mercer recalled Carmichael initially called him several times about the lyric, but had forgotten about it by the time Mercer finally wrote the lyrics. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair. This song is considered a jazz standard.
Skylark, have you anything to say to me? Won't you tell me where my love can be? Is there a meadow in the mist Where someone's waiting to be kissed?
Oh skylark, have you seen a valley green with spring? Where my heart can go a journeying Over the shadows and the rain To a blossom covered lane
And in your lonely flight Haven't you heard the music in the night? Wonderful music Faint as a will-o'-the-wisp Crazy as a loon Sad as a gypsy serenading the moon
Oh skylark, I don't know if you can find these things But my heart is riding on your wings So if you see them anywhere Won't you lead me there Oh skylark Won't you lead me there?