Cole Porter

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 16 16:37:57 UTC 2002

At 11:13 AM -0500 12/16/02, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
>On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 11:09:55AM -0500, Fred Shapiro wrote:
>>  Part of the reason Porter's lyrics in "You're the Top" may seem prescient
>>  is that some of the lyrics that stand the test of time less were edited
>>  out in later versions.  For example, "you're Mussolini" was one of the
>>  original lines that was later eliminated.
>Perhaps because the "Mussolini" line wasn't an original line
>and wasn't written by Cole Porter.  It was inserted by
>P. G. Wodehouse (!) for a later production.

As Cole's fine Yale education no doubt taught him, Pepsodent, Keats,
and Mrs. Astor were much sounder options.


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