Song of the Day #2,938: ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ – Frank Sinatra

sinatraLast week I defended Bob Dylan’s foray into the music of Frank Sinatra, but today’s random iTunes selection serves as a nice reminder that nobody sings a Sinatra song like Sinatra.

‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ is a Cole Porter tune originally written for the Broadway music Anything Goes. That was in the mid 1930s. Sinatra recorded two studio versions of the song, one in 1953 and one in 1962 (the latter is the version below). Funny that this song was already an oldie when Frank sang it for the first time.

Several versions of these lyrics exist across multiple recordings. The original tune made a reference to Anne Morrow Lindbergh, but it was changed after her baby was kidnapped. Another version contains a verse starting with “some get a kick from cocaine” but that was changed to comply with Hollywood’s Hays Code.

Sinatra didn’t record the Lindbergh version, but did lay down one with and one without the “cocaine” line. The cleaner version swaps in “some like the bop type refrain,” and that’s the one presented here.

I get no kick from champagne
Mere alcohol it doesn’t move me at all
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of you

Some like the bop type refrain,
I’m sure that that if I heard even one riff
It would bore been me terrifically too
Yet i get a kick out of you…

I get a kick every time I see you
Standing there before me
I get a kick though it’s clear to me
You obviously don’t adore me

I get no kick in a plane
Flyin’ too high with some gal in the sky is my idea of nothing to do
Yet I get a kick out of you

I get a kick every time I see
You’re standing there before me
I get a kick though it’s clear to me
You obviously do not t adore me

I get no kick in a plane
Flying too high with some gal in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do
Yet I get a kick out of you

Yet I get a kick- yes,
yes I get a kick-yes
I get a kick out of you

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,938: ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ – Frank Sinatra

  1. Dana says:

    Great background info. “Bop type refrain” is a really awful line to replace cocaine.

  2. Peg says:

    Boy am I late to this party 🙂 No one sings it better than Frank! Interesting about Anne Lindberg; also this was the year I met Dad 🙂 And even if you don’t like “Bop type refrain” you have to admit that “even one riff would bore me terr–ifically too” is pretty damn good.

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