I Get A Kick Out Of You

Album: Anything Goes (1934)
  • 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.
  • "I Get A Kick Out Of You" was published by Harms of New York and Chappell of London, copyright 1934, (at 2 shillings in the UK). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • In 1974 Australian singer Gary Shearston reached the UK Top 10 with his version of this song.
  • This song became widely associated with Frank Sinatra after he recorded it for his album Songs For Young Lovers in 1954 and Sinatra and Swingin' Brass in 1962. He would revisit it numerous times for concert performances and include it on his live albums and compilation albums.

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