• According to Robert Kimball in The Complete Lyrics Of Cole Porter, the show Paranoia was produced by the Yale University Dramatic Association at the Hotel Taft, New Haven, April 24, 1914. The book, music and lyrics were by Thomas Lawrason Riggs and Porter, although Porter is said to have written all the music and virtually all the lyrics. It was directed by Monty Woolley, who two decades later would inspire Porter to write "It's De-Lovely."
  • Written during Porter's year at Harvard Law School, Paranoia was subtitled Chester Of The Yale Dramatic Association but was originally called Belle Of The Balkans. The music of the title song does not appear to have survived and there is not much to it lyrically, certainly a lot less than the uptempo commercial song of the same name,written by Alexander Baron 70 years later. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Lori McKenna

Lori McKennaSongwriter Interviews

Lori's songs have been recorded by Faith Hill and Sara Evans. She's performed on the CMAs and on Oprah. She also has five kids.

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & TearsSongwriter Interviews

The longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete BlondeSongwriter Interviews

The singer/bassist for Concrete Blonde talks about how her songs come from clairvoyance, and takes us through the making of their hit "Joey."

Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"

Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"They're Playing My Song

When a waitress wouldn't take him home, Jack wrote what would become one of the Eagles most enduring hits.

Real or Spinal Tap

Real or Spinal TapMusic Quiz

They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.

Grunge Bands Quiz

Grunge Bands QuizMusic Quiz

If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.