FRIDAYS ARE FOR FRANK: “I Get A Kick Out Of You”
ABOVE: Frank Sinatra & Celeste Holm in High Society (MGM-1956)
“I get no kick from champagne…”
“I Get a Kick Out Of You” was written by Cole Porter in 1934 for his Broadway musical Anything Goes.
It has seen a few alterations over the years, due to certain societal trends. In Porter’s original, the last verse was:
I get no kick in a plane
I shouldn’t care for those nights in the air
That the fair Mrs. Lindbergh goes through
But I get a kick out of you.
After the Lindbergh kidnapping, Porter changed the lyrics to:
Flying too high with some guy in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do
In the 1936 movie, Hollywood wouldn’t go with the blow, so Porter once again had to switch it up:
Some get a kick from cocaine
I’m sure that if
I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrifically, too
Yet, I get a kick out of you
Porter changed the first line to:
Some like the perfume in Spain
Sinatra recorded this song for his 1954 Capitol album Songs for Young Lovers, with the original “Some get a kick from cocaine” line.
In 1962, for his Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass version, he uses the line “bop-type refrain.” In several live performances such as those in Sinatra & Sextet: Live in Paris and The Main Event – Live, Sinatra used the line “Some like the perfume in Spain.”
Whatever gives you your kicks, please enjoy responsibly…