Cole Porter: Selected Lyrics

Cole Porter: Selected Lyrics




Cole Porter possessed to a singular degree the art of expressing depth through apparent frivolity. The effervescent wit and technical bravura of his songs are matched by their unguarded revelations of feeling. In the words of editor Robert Kimball, “Porter wrote tellingly of the pain and evanescence of emotional relationships. He gently mocked propriety and said that few things were simple or lasting or free from ambiguity.” Of the masters of twentieth-century American songwriting, Porter was one of the few who wrote both music and lyrics, and, even in the absence of his melodies, his words distill an unmistakable mixture of poignancy and wit that marks him as a genius of light verse.

Selected from over eight hundred songs, here are Porter’s finest flights of invention, lyrics that are an indelible part of 20th-century culture: “Let’s Do It,” “Love for Sale,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Anything Goes,” “In the Still of the Night,” “I Concentrate on You,” and dozens more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931082945
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 04/06/2006
Series: American Poets Project Series , #21
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 867,360
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Kimball is a historian of the American musical theater whose books include The Gershwins (with Alfred Simon), Reminiscing with Sissle and Blake (with William Bolcom), Reading Lyrics (with Robert Gottlieb), and volumes devoted to the complete lyrics of Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser. He is the longtime advisor to the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Property Trust, and the editor of several books on Cole Porter. He received a Drama Desk Award for his rediscovery of lost musical-theater manuscripts in a Secaucus, New Jersey warehouse.

Table of Contents

Bull Dog1
Antoinette Birby1
I've a Shooting Box in Scotland4
War Song7
Old-Fashioned Garden7
When I Had a Uniform On8
Two Little Babes in the Wood10
I'm in Love Again12
Let's Misbehave13
The Laziest Gal in Town15
Weren't We Fools?17
Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love18
Wake Up and Dream23
Looking at You24
What Is This Thing Called Love?26
I'm a Gigolo27
You Do Something to Me28
You've Got That Thing29
The Tale of the Oyster31
You Don't Know Paree33
I'm Unlucky at Gambling33
I Worship You35
The Queen of Terre Haute36
Why Don't We Try Staying Home?37
Love For Sale38
I Happen to Like New York40
After You, Who?41
Night and Day42
I've Got You on My Mind43
Mister and Missus Fitch44
The Physician45
Miss Otis Regrets48
I Get a Kick Out of You49
All Through the Night50
You're the Top51
Anything Goes57
Blow, Gabriel, Blow62
Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby63
Don't Fence Me In64
Begin the Beguine66
Just One of Those Things67
Easy To Love68
I've Got You Under My Skin69
Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye70
Down in the Depths73
It's De-Lovely74
Ridin' High78
Red, Hot and Blue81
In the Still of the Night83
At Long Last Love83
Get Out of Town85
My Heart Belongs to Daddy86
I Concentrate on You88
But in the Morning, No89
Well, Did You Evah!95
Katie Went to Haiti99
I've Still Got My Health101
I'm Throwing a Ball Tonight104
Make It Another Old-Fashioned, Please107
Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye109
So Near and Yet So Far110
Let's Not Talk About Love111
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To115
I Love You116
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye117
I Wrote a Play118
Be a Clown121
Another Op'nin', Another Show123
So in Love124
I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua125
I Hate Men126
Were Thine That Special Face128
Too Darn Hot129
Where Is the Life That Late I Led?132
Always True to You in My Fashion134
Brush Up Your Shakespeare137
Use Your Imagination140
I Am Loved141
They Couldn't Compare to You142
Nobody's Chasing Me146
From This Moment On148
I Am in Love149
It's All Right With Me151
Who Said Gay Paree?154
I Love Paris155
All of You156
Stereophonic Sound156
You're Sensational160
Biographical Note165
Song Copyrights and Publication Information166
Index of Titles176

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