Song Lyric Sunday: Irene Bordoni, “Let’s Misbehave”

Jim has decided that today’s theme is "past, present, future," no doubt because this is Time Change Sunday in the US. According to the old adage "spring forward, fall back," this means that since we’re in the fall, we set our clocks back one hour at 2 AM so that we have two 1 AM’s. This is to offset what we did in spring by setting our clocks forward at 2 AM so that it’s 3 AM.

Personally, I and probably many of you believe that there is no good reason to monkey with the clock at all. Many of us hope that this is the last time we ever have to play with the clocks. But that’s neither here or there: Daylight Saving Time is the law of the land, if not in fact, then at least in practice. Indiana, for example, didn’t observe it until 2006, when from what I understand they were threatened with loss of highway funds. Arizona and Hawaii are the two holdouts, Hawaii because, being out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean it really doesn’t matter, and Arizona because they’re stubborn (although the Native American reservations do observe it).

Anyway, today I’ve chosen a song by Cole Porter, "Let’s Misbehave," which he wrote in 1927 as part of his first stage production, Paris. It was written for the female lead in the show, and it’s usually female singers who sing it. In this case, we have the lovely Irene Bordoni, who was born in Corsica and came to the US when she was 22 (this accounts for her accent). Accompanying Ms. Bordoni are Irving Aaronson & His Commanders. The lyrics are in the video; you’ll note that one of the lines in the first verse is "If you want a future, Darlin’, why don’t you get a past?" On the basis of this line alone, I chose the song…

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for November 7, 2021.

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Irene Bordoni, “Let’s Misbehave”

  1. A suggestive song where Cole Porter figured it would be funnier for him to provocatively insinuate a situation rather than mentioning it directly. Nice choice John.


    1. His songs were memorable, the perfect combination of cheeky lyrics and magnificent music. Most composers back then worked with lyricists, but Porter and Berlin could do both so well. Of the two, I prefer Porter…


  2. Oh, good to know you’ve changed your time zones. I’m right with you in the hope never again (but sadly I feel it will always happen).


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