A Second Hand Turban And A Crystal Ball

Album: Anything Goes soundtrack (1956)
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Songfacts®:

  • As might be deduced from its title, this is a novelty/comedy song. Although Anything Goes is based largely on the music of Cole Porter, this song in 4/4 time from the 1956 film version was written by Sammy Cahn and composed by Jimmy Van Heusen. It is performed by Bing Crosby with a little help from Donald O'Connor.
  • The lines:

    I was the very first to prophecy
    The month of June would come before July
    I think the year was 1929
    When I insisted all the stocks were fine


    May have been written simply to rhyme or equally they may be a cynical commentary on the real predictions of astrologers and other psychic charlatans. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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