"I Get a Kick Out of You" is a song by Cole Porter, which was first sung in the 1934 Broadway musical Anything Goes, and then in the 1936 film version. Originally sung by Ethel Merman, it has been covered by dozens of prominent performers, including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. A cover in 1995 won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocal(s) for arranger Rob McConnell.
Alterations to the song
The lyrics were first altered shortly after being written. The last verse originally went as follows:
I get no kick in a plane
I shouldn't care for those nights in the air
That the fair Mrs. Lindbergh goes through
But I get a kick out of you.
Flying too high with some guy in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do
The original verse goes as follows:
Some get a kick from cocaine
I'm sure that if
I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrif-
Yet, I get a kick out of you
Porter changed the first line to:
Some like the perfume in Spain
Sinatra recorded both pre-Code and post-Code versions (with and without the cocaine reference): the first in 1953 and the second in 1962. On a recording live in Paris in 1962, Sinatra sings the altered version with the first line as "Some like the perfume from Spain". Other Porter-approved substitutions include "whiff of Guerlain." There is also a version with the "Some like the bop-type refrain" on Sinatra and Swingin' Brass.
References in popular culture
The popular children's television show Sesame Street once did a parody of this song about the letter U performed by Ethel Mermaid, a fishy spoof of Ethel Merman. In the song, Ethel sings about how none of the other letters in the alphabet give her more joy than the letter U, backed up by a school of fish. A shark gets too close to her while she sings and is continuously smacked away by her tail.
The 1974 film Blazing Saddles features the song (called "I Get No Kick from Champagne") led by Bart (Cleavon Little) and his fellow railroad workers at the request of Lyle (Burton Gilliam) for a work song, but Lyle interrupts and suggests that "Camptown Races" is a better work song. Bart sings the first line of the controversial "cocaine" verse before being interrupted.
In Kenneth Branagh's 2017 version of Murder on the Orient Express the song is used without lyrics, starting from the scene where the train is exiting the tunnel into the mountains in the morning, too the passengers dining and sipping champagne. Although most famously sung by Ethel Merman this version from 1935 was sung by Sally Singer but is never heard unless searched online.