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Thursday, January 13, 2005

even educated fleas do it

my brother-in-law got me "ella fitzgerald sings the cole porter song book" for christmas. i've been listening to it over and over. it is really phenomenal and i think you should all definitely own it. i have one problem with it, though. no matter how many times i listen to "let's do it (let's fall in love)" i can't figure this part out:

The Dutch in old Amsterdam do it
Not to mention the Fins
Folks in Siam do it - think of Siamese twins

okay, sure, people in all of these countries fall in love. i'll go with that. but, um, did cole porter mean to suggest that siamese twins fall in love with each other? or is it supposed to be more of an issue of us thinking of siamese twins and sympathizing with what must be an awkward situation when one of them falls in love?
10:58 PM


what if it means that they "do it" in siam, thereby leading to siamese twins who are the offspring of those who "do it"? get it? the singer is pointing out the existence of siamese twins as a reminder that their parents existed and "did it".
Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:50 AM  
oh and my favorite bit in the song is the one about romantic sponges.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:50 AM  
nary a poet here, how sad - LDM
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:46 PM  
you are the poet, LDM. what do you have to offer?
Blogger dorotha, at 8:24 AM  

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