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Cole Porter's early absinthe songs

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Chevalier
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2002 - 6:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

It's taken from a book listing the complete lyrics of all Cole Porter songs, including some of their history.
Petermarc
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 5:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

did you find sheet music, or a program?
Chevalier
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 3:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Here’s an odd bit of history. Back in 1913, Cole Porter, then a 22-year old student, wrote songs for a Yale University Dramatic Association drag show called “The Kaleidescope”. Two of the songs were “Absinthe” and “Absinthe Drip”. Note that this was one whole year after the U.S. ban. The lyrics are as follows.

ABSINTHE

Absinthe, absinthe, smile at me again,
Come devour the tissue of my weary brain.
Absinthe, absinthe, ever by my side.
Oh, you beautiful absinthe – my green-eyed bride.


ABSINTHE DRIP

As we drip, drip, drip, drip, drip along,
We can sip, sip, sip, sip, sip along;
And the feeling lingers,
Such a funny little tingle in the fingers.
As we swing, swing, swing, swing, swing along
We can sing, sing, sing, sing, sing a song.
Ah, you’d better take a trip
For a quiet little nip
Of our absinthe drip.

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