Tox Tunes # 10 – I Get a Kick Out of You (Frank Sinatra)

March 8, 2010, 11:22 am

This Cole Porter song was introduced by Ethel Merman in the 1934 musical Anything Goes. At that time, apparently, no one had problems with the second verse:

Some they may go for cocaine,

I’m sure that if I took even one sniff

That would bore me terrifically too,

Yet I get a kick out of you.

However, when the movie version was released in 1936, the Hays Code did not allow any reference to illegal drug use, or for that matter anything would throw the sympathies of the audience to the side of “wrongdoing”.  To make the song acceptable, Porter changed the first line of the verse to “Some like the perfume from Spain”.

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