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Cole Porter

Anything Goes

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“Anything Goes” is a popular song written by Cole Porter for his musical Anything Goes (1934). Many of the lyrics feature humorous (but dated) references to various figures of scandal and gossip in Depression Era high society. For example, one couplet refers to Sam Goldwyn’s notorious box-office failure Nana, which featured a star, Anna Sten, whose English was incomprehensible except to Goldwyn, who came from the same part of Europe. Other 1930’s society references include film producer Max Gordon, socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean and her highly promoted trip to Red Russia, interior design pioneer Lady Mendl’s scandalous predilection for performing hand stands and cartwheels in public at the age of 70, and the financial woes common to “old-money” families during the... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Anything goes ... And though I'm not a great romancer ... When you propose

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