Billy Strayhorn's haunting song Lush Life pairs the most exquisite of melodies with the most intricate of poems. Here's the last verse:
I'll forget you, I will, and yet you are still
Burning inside my brain.
Romance is mush, stifling those who strive;
I'll lead a lush life in some small dive.
And there I'll sit while I rot with the rest
Of those whose lives are lonely too.
And I just learned that Strayhorn wrote the music and lyrics to that song when he was only SIXTEEN!!