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17 September 2013 @ 09:09 pm
What Ever Happened to Spicedogs and Her Flist? Well, Anything Goes  
Because I've been very ill, I've been away for almost a year. Unfortunately, by being away and posting only my daily minimal tweets, I think I lost my readers. So that made me gravitate to a different platform (Spicedogs.wordpress.com), which has a different settings. The in-between interaction between readers is not encouraged. This blog's platform is called LIVE JOURNAL, which to me indicates live discussion, interaction, etc. But as my friend and flist membergalileah_galile once said in her journal: "Don't post much, but I refuse to let this journal go. Even if it's just for me to read old memories." I also refuse to let this journal go.

Here's something that I found interesting:

Back in the 1930s, when Cole Porter wrote the song Anything Goes was considered very risqué. Today, we are very blasé about the old lyrics, which went like this:

Times have changed,
And we've often rewound the clock,
Since the Puritans got a shock,
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.
If today,
Any shock they should try to stem,
'Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock,
Plymouth Rock would land on them.

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.

Good authors too who once knew better words,
Now only use four letter words
Writing prose, Anything Goes.

The world has gone mad today
And good's bad today,
And black's white today,
And day's night today,
When most guys today
That women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes

{C}When grandmama whose age is eighty
In night clubs is getting matey with gigolo's,
Anything Goes.

When mothers pack and leave poor father
Because they decide they'd rather be tennis pros,
Anything Goes.

If driving fast cars you like,
If low bars you like,
If old hymns you like,
If bare limbs you like,
If Mae West you like
Or me undressed you like,
Why, nobody will oppose!
When every night,
The set that's smart
Is intruding in nudist parties in studios,
Anything Goes.

The world has gone mad today
And good's bad today,
And black's white today,
And day's night today,
When most guys today
That women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes

If saying your prayers you like,
If green pears you like
If old chairs you like,
If back stairs you like,
If love affairs you like
With young bears you like,
Why nobody will oppose!

And though I'm not a great romancer
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes...
Anything goes!

Today, these words mean nothing. They are just part of the Broadway Musical Theatre. We love the singing, the dancing, and the melody. The words don't make us think. Heck, some people don't even know who Mae West (I boldfaced her name int eh the lyrics) is.

Here's a good performance of that song for your pleasure:



A few days ago, I was listening to NPR's Studio 60, and they brought up this very subject. You can actually listen to that show here. And, NPR's Studio 60 asked Joe Keenan to revamp the lyrics to fit today's customs. The song is performed by Bryan Batt. The song featured in this blog was downloaded to soundcloud because I cannot embed it from Studio 60 in this platform:



Joe Keenan's updated lyrics to "Anything Goes"

Times have changed.
Porter’s ditty was once risqué
But if Porter could see today
And decorum’s complete decay,
He would say,
“Though the Thirtie’s were hot as hell,
Everything that went then still goes ...
And a whole lot else as well!”

When gays can wed, and jaws aren’t dropping
When Barney and Ben go shopping for baby clothes,
Anything goes!

When dames as dim as Kim Kardashian
Triumph by acting trashy in tawdry shows,
Anything goes

The smut you can get today
On the 'net today,
Straight or gay today,
And all day today,
‘Cause burlesque today
Is on your desk today,
Where nobody can oppose.

When girls of ten are adolescing
And proving the point by dressing like tiny ho’s,
Anything goes!

When grandma’s face is pulled so tightly
She looks like a Keira Knightley whose eyes won’t close,
Anything goes!

When stars whose thoughts are far from clever
Are tweeting their fans whenever they blow their nose,
Anything goes.

If airing your views you like
On Fox News you like,
If tattoos you like,
Or girls’ shoes you like,
If rendezvous you like
With Tom Cruise you like,
Just say you won’t disclose!

When Cary Grants and Spencer Traceys
Have turned into Kevin Spaceys and Russell Crowes
Anything goes!

When fast food chains serve fries with bacon
To folks who could be mistaken for buffaloes
Anything goes.

When half the nations filled with rancor
From living in homes their banker will soon foreclose,
Anything goes.

Though banks are all crooks today
With cooked books today,
When they fail today
They get bailed today,
And those banks today
Are saying, “thanks!” today
As their bonus pool just grows.

When men of god who preach with thunder
Are looking for fun with underage romeos,
Anything goes!

Anything
— anything? —
Everything goes!

 
 
 
~Lirpa~katje0711 on September 18th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
At least you have the courtesy to respond to comments from time to time. Why bother having a public blog, if you don't do that?
Spicedogs: I don't knowspicedogs on September 18th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Huh? I'm confused.

Edited at 2013-09-18 05:49 pm (UTC)
~Lirpa~katje0711 on September 18th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I have no idea why you're confused. I was very straightforward with what I said.
Spicedogs: I don't knowspicedogs on September 18th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
My confusion is about your comment about public blog.

Edited at 2013-09-18 07:07 pm (UTC)
yosoydesmondyosoydesmond on September 18th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Kat here, as if you couldn't figure that out!
Seriously, Edith? Please read what I said again. I said at least you have the courtesy to do so. How the heck is that a chastisement?
yosoydesmondyosoydesmond on September 18th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Kat here, as if you couldn't figure that out!
I don't understand people who post a public blog and don't respond to comments made on it. If they aren't going to bother acknowledging someone's comment, then why make the blog public or open to comments? I mean, I don't just comment to hear myself talk, as it were. And no, I'm not talking about you, because like I said, at least you have the courtesy to reply from time to time.
Melissa: Doctor Who- Bloody LJxgirl30 on September 18th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
That is really interesting about 'Anything Goes'.

I wonder if less people are around now because of all the problems and changes LJ is making. I also blog on Wordpress and Tumblr but I prefer LJ for the community aspect. (If I had to leave LJ I'd probably go to Dreamwidth. I have accounts there now but I mainly use them for backup and cross posting.)

What about second breakfast?kerrsmith2306 on September 21st, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove Anything Goes. My favourite performance is by Patti LuPone though