The words of this Cole Porter standard were altered twice, the second time because of the censor, but the first time because of a human tragedy.
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" was published in November 1934 and introduced in Anything Goes
by Ethel Merman, although Porter actually wrote it for the 1931 musical Star Dust
According to George Eells in The Life That He Led: A Biography of Cole Porter
, the words included:
I wouldn't care
For those nights in the air
That the fair
Mrs. Lindbergh went through...
This was an obvious allusion to the air ace Charles Lindbergh, whose exploits have been immortalised by Al Stewart
and scandalised by Woody Guthrie
in equal measure. But in March 1932, the Lindberghs' baby son was kidnapped and murdered; this resulted in a sensational and controversial trial that led to the 1936 execution of German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann.
Obviously, it would have been unthinkable to include such a reference, which could have been misconstrued, in a Broadway production. The offending stanza was altered to:
Flying too high
With some guy
In the sky
Is my i
-dea of nothing to do,
Yet I get a kick out of you.
In 1936, when the show was adapted for the big screen, Porter's reference to cocaine fell foul of the Hays Code, which regulated motion pictures, so this was replaced.