A Cole Porter Quiz!

Cole Porter was born on this day 125 years ago. To celebrate this remarkable composer/lyricist, we present:

A Cole Porter Quiz!

Cole Porter

COLE PORTER (1891-1964)

Here are the lyrics, along with a bit of background, to some classic Cole Porter tunes. But in each song, we’ve deleted the title. Can you fill them all in?

(Scroll down for the answers below.)

Let’s start off with some easy ones…

1. This title song to Porter’s 1934 smash musical was introduced by Ethel Merman:

In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows…
________ ____!

2. From that same show, another classic, which Frank Sinatra recorded in 1953 and 1962:

I get no kick from champagne.
Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all.
So tell me, why should it be true
That _ ___ _ ____ ___ __ ___?

3. This song was added to that same musical, though it originally appeared in RED, HOT & BLUE in 1936:

The night is young, the skies are clear
So if you wanna go walking, dear
It’s delightful, it’s delicious, ___ _________!

4. This is too easy, right? How bout this one, from FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN? Though written in 1929, the song was recently featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris:

You’ve got what Adam craved when he
With love for Eve was tortured.
She only had an apple tree,
But you, you’ve got an orchard!

You’ve got those ways, those taking ways
That make me rush off to Cartier’s
For a wedding ring,
______ ____ ____ _____!

smfifty 5. Madeline Kahn sang this comic number from FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN in the 1975 comedy At Long Last Love.

I could be the personal slave
Of someone just out of a cave.
The only man who’ll ever win me
Has gotta wake up the gypsy in me,
Find me a _________ ___,
Find me a _________ ___!

6. After FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, Porter scored big with his mega-hit, ANYTHING GOES, which featured this ballad:

When dawn comes to waken me,
You’re never there at all!
I know you’ve forsaken me
Till the shadows fall;
But then once again I can dream, I’ve the right
To be close to you ___ _______ ___ _____.

7. ANYTHING GOES also introduced this barnburner:

I’ve been a sinner, I’ve been a scamp,
But now I’m willin’ to trim my lamp,
So ____, _______, ____!

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Sutton Foster and Company in ANYTHING GOES (2011)

8. In 1935, Porter wrote JUBILEE, which featured this song. The Caribbean-flavored melody became a big-band standard, particularly in a swing version by Artie Shaw:

When they _____ ___ _______,
It brings back the sound of music so tender.
It brings back a night of tropical splendor,
It brings back a memory ever green,

I’m with you once more, under the stars,
And down by the shore, an orchestra’s playing.
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they ____ ___ _______.

9. Another hit from JUBILEE was this playful brush-off song:

If we’d thought a bit, of the end of it
When we started painting the town
We’d have been aware that our love affair
Was too hot, not to cool down

So good-bye, dear, and amen
Here’s hoping we meet now and then
It was great fun
But it was ____ ___ __ _____ ______.

10. Here’s a tough one: In 1938, Porter wrote the score to LEAVE IT TO ME! The show introduced Mary Martin, who sang this song with a remarkably current-sounding title:

The thrill when we meet is so bittersweet
That darling, it’s getting me down
So on your mark, get set,
___ ___ __ ____.

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Gene Kelly and Mary Martin in LEAVE IT TO ME!

11. Mary Martin also sang this sultry tune in LEAVE IT TO ME!, though most fans now associate it with Marilyn Monroe:

While tearing off a game of golf,
I may make a play for the caddy.
But when I do, I don’t follow through,
‘Cause __ _____ _______ __ _____.

12. 1939’s DU BARRY WAS A LADY introduced this comic duet, which was later added to the score of ANYTHING GOES:

If you ever lose your mind, I’ll be kind.
And if you ever lose your shirt, I’ll be hurt.
If you’re ever in a mill and get sawed in half, I won’t laugh.
It’s __________, __________…

13. PANAMA HATTIE (1940) featured this tune, which Bette Midler later sang in Beaches:

I’m always a flop at a top-notch affair
But ___ _____ ___ __ _____, so what do I care?
My best ring, alas, is a glass solitaire
But ___ _____ ___ __ _____, so what do I care?

14. In 1948, Cole Porter scored another massive hit with KISS ME, KATE. Here are a few highlights. First, a gorgeous ballad:

Strange dear, but true, dear,
When I’m close to you, dear
The stars fill the sky.
__ __ ____ with you am I.

Even without you,
My arms fold about you.
You know, darling, why…
__ __ ____ with you am I.

15. Porter loved to write naughty lyrics, like this classic, sung by Ann Miller in the film version of KISS ME, KATE (Miller’s lyrics are slightly altered; here’s the lyric from the stage show):

It’s ___ ____ ___,
It’s ___ ____ ___.
I’d like to sup with my baby tonight,
And play the pup with my baby tonight.
I’d like to sup with my baby tonight,
And play the pup with my baby tonight,
But I ain’t up to my baby tonight,
‘Cause it’s ___ ____ ___!

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Burke Moses and Carolee Carmello in KISS ME, KATE (2001)

16. Another tough one: in 1950, Porter wrote OUT OF THIS WORLD. Do you know the title of the show’s 11 o’clock number?

The breeze is chasing the zephyr,
The moon is chasing the sea,
The bull is chasing the heifer,
But ________ _______ __.

Nobody wants to own me
And I object.
Nobody wants to phone me…
Even collect!

The leopard’s chasing the leopard,
The chimp, some champ chimpanzee.
The sheep is chasing the shepherd,
But ________ _______ __.

17. CAN-CAN (1953) featured this opener, with a title en français:

When love comes in
And takes you for a spin,
Ooh-la-la-la, _____ __________!
When every night
Your loved one holds you tight,
Ooh-la-la-la, _____ __________!

18. CAN-CAN also introduced this haunting standard:

It’s the wrong time, and the wrong place.
Though your face is charming, it’s the wrong face.
It’s not her face, but such a charming face
That ____ ___ _____ ____ __.

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CAN-CAN at the Paper Mill Playhouse (2014)

19. In 1954, Porter’s SILK STOCKINGS starred Don Ameche, who sang this gem:

I love the looks of you, the lure of you,
I’d love to make a tour of you!
The eyes, the arms, the mouth of you,
The east, west, north, and the south of you.

I’d love to gain complete control of you,
And handle even the heart and soul of you.
So love, at least, a small percent of me, do…
For I love ___ __ ___.

20. Porter’s 1955 film HIGH SOCIETY was adapted into a 1998 Broadway musical, featuring songs from the movie and several additions from the Porter songbook. Here’s one, a gentle waltz:

I give to you and you give to me
____ ____, ____ ____.
So on and on, it will always be
____ ____, ____ ____.

HIGH SOCIETY by Porter, , Writer - Arthur Kopit, Music and Lyrics - Cole Porter, Director - Maria Friedman, Designer - Tom Pye, Choreography - Nathan M Wright, Lighting - Peter Mumford, The Old Vic Theatre, 2015, credit: Johan Persson/

Kate Fleetwood in HIGH SOCIETY at the Old Vic (2015)

21. HIGH SOCIETY also features this playful duet, sung by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby in the film. Many people think the title is “What a Swell Party This Is,” but the title is actually the line before that:

Have you heard?
It’s in the stars:
Next July we collide with Mars!
____, __ ___ ____?
What a swell party this is!

22. This invitation to debauchery is also from HIGH SOCIETY, though Porter wrote it in 1927:

We’re all alone, no chaperone
Can get our number, the world’s in slumber…
_____ _________.

There’s something wild about you, child
That’s so contagious, let’s be outrageous…
_____ _________!

23. This song, originally sung as a languid lament, was later recorded by Bette Midler as a brassy up-tempo number. It’s also featured in the score of LOVE, LINDA, a one-woman musical about the life of Porter’s widow:

____ ____ _______ she’s unable to lunch today, madam.
____ ____ _______ she’s unable to lunch today.
And she’s sorry to be delayed,
But last evening down at lover’s lane she strayed, madam.
____ ____ _______ she’s unable to lunch today.

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Stevie Holland in LOVE, LINDA (2013)

24. LOVE LINDA also features this world-weary ballad, written in 1930:

____ ___ ____,
Appetizing young ____ ___ ____.
Love that’s fresh and still unspoiled,
Love that’s only slightly soiled,
____ ___ ____.

25. And finally, from ANYTHING GOES, here’s what we have to say to Cole Porter on his 125th Birthday:

You’re the Nile,
You’re the Tower of Pisa.
You’re the smile on the Mona Lisa.
I’m a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop.
But if, baby, I’m the bottom, ______ ___ ___!

Cole Porter Signature HeadshotANSWERS:

  1. Anything Goes
  2. I Get A Kick Out of You
  3. It’s De-Lovely
  4. You’ve Got That Thing
  5. (Find Me A) Primitive Man
  6. All Through The Night
  7. Blow, Gabriel, Blow
  8. Begin the Beguine
  9. Just One of Those Things
  10. Get Out Of Town
  11. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  12. Friendship
  13. I’ve Still Got My Health
  14. So in Love
  15. Too Darn Hot
  16. Nobody’s Chasing Me
  17. C’est Magnifique
  18. It’s All Right With Me
  19. All of You
  20. True Love
  21. Well, Did You Evah!
  22. Let’s Misbehave
  23. Miss Otis Regrets
  24. Love For Sale
  25. You’re The Top

 

How did you do?

0-9: What Is This Thing Called Cole? You’re still new to Mr. Porter’s work—time to get listening!
10-15: Brush Up Your Porter You certainly know the big hits; now you can explore his full catalog.
16-22: You’re Sensational Great job, Porter fan! We’ve got our eyes on you.
23-25: You’re The Top! Cole Porter expert— You’re a Coolidge dollar.