The wonderful Encores! concert series did a wonderful production of a Lerner and Loewe musical with a wonderful score but troublesome book that probably accounts for it's neglect since 1951. While the lyrics aren't on a par with Oscar Hammerstein or Stephen Sondheim we did catch a few very apt similes.
The one below by the top name beneath the title, Keith Carradine, served as a nice lead-in quote:
I sure wish your mother was here. She'd know what to do. She was a real lady. She could read and she could write, just like you will someday. And she talked softer than a leaf hittin' water.
Here are a few other catchy ones. . .
You’re as useless as a milk-can in a bullpen --
I’m feeling higher than a lark can sing
Oh what a day!/ I'm feeling flighty as a bumblebee!
Here's a link to my review of the show curtainup/encorespaintyourwagon.html