Cole Porter translation at BILLIONBRIDGES.COM
Mon Dec 16 18:07:34 UTC 2002

Waldorf salad? Berlin ballad? Mrs. Aster? I agree
with the rest in the selection you quote, but as a
culturally cognizant 36 year-old, these three escape


> What amazes me most about Cole Porter is how, even in 1934, he knew which
> items would have staying power. When you consider all of the brand names
> around then that have since evaporated, it's extremely prescient on his
> part to have chosen brands that now, in 2002, are still around:
> You're the top! You're a Waldorf salad.
> You're the top! You're a Berlin ballad.
> You're a baby grand of a lady and a gent.
> You're an old dutch master, You're Mrs. Aster,
> You're Pepsodent.
>   or
> You're the top! You're a dance in Bali.
> You're the top! You're a hot tamale.
> You're an angel, you simply too, too, too diveen,
> You're a Botticelli, You're Keats, You're Shelley,
> You're Ovaltine.
> -- Steve

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