I Get a Kick Out Of You

Cole Porter

Cole Porter


PROFILE
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Year Written 1934
About I Get a Kick Out of You
“I Get a Kick Out of You” was written for Porter’s 1934 musical Anything Goes, where it was introduced by Ethel Merman. It’s been popular since then and has been recorded by artists including Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Anita O’Day, Max Roach and many more. The original lyrics reference the use of cocaine (I get no kick from cocaine), and that particular line in the lyric is often rewritten, often to champagne.

Lyrics

My story is much too sad to be told,
But practically everything leaves me totally cold.
The only exception I know is the case
When I’m out on a swinging spree,
Fighting vainly the old ennui,
And I suddenly turn and see your fabulous face.

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

Some like a bop-type refrain.
I’m sure that if I even one riff
It would bore 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 see
You obviously don’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.

Session / Album Information

1957

I Get a Kick Out of You was recorded on October 14, 1957, but was not released on the album The Beat of My Heart. It was included on the 1997 re-release on CD (Columbia CD: CK 66502). It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording  released on:

  • 1991:  Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993:  CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 66502 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 2004:  Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2005:  Columbia CD: 94299 — Jazz Moods: Cool
  • 2011:  Disc #11 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK11) The Beat of My Heart

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