"Straighten Up and Fly Right"

Sam Clements sclements at NEO.RR.COM
Mon Mar 17 04:20:24 UTC 2003

"Straighten Up" is cited by Mathews from 1908 to mean "to adopt an honest
course in life."   But you probably already knew that.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Shapiro" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2003 10:08 PM
Subject: "Straighten Up and Fly Right"

> Can anyone help me to determine whether the phrase "straighten up and fly
> right" was popularized by Nat King Cole's 1944 song of that name, or
> whether its currency predated the song?
> Fred Shapiro
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