Miscellaneous Songs

The Bobolink Waltz [sheet music]

Songs of Childhood

  • "Song of the Birds" (1901) [instrumental]
  • "The Bobolink Waltz" (1902) [privately published]
  • "Fi, Fi Fifi" (circa 1905-1909)
  • "The Bearded Lady" (c. 1905-1909)
  • "The Tattooed Gentleman" (c. 1905-1909)
  • "Class Song" (1909)

Bingo Eli Yale [sheet music]

The College Years

  • "When the Summer Moon Comes 'Long" (circa 1909-1910)
  • "Bridget McGuire" (c. 1909-1910) [Porter's first published song, as "Bridget".]
  • "The Motor Car" (c. 1909-1910)
  • "Yellow Melodrama" (c. 1909-1912)
  • "Antoinette Birby" (c. 1909-1912)
  • "Beware of Yale" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Fla De Dah" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Mercy Percy" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Moon, Moon" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Mory's" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Music With Meals" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "No Show This Evening" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Perfectly Terrible" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Since Dolly's Come to Town" (c. 1909-1913)
  • "Bingo Eli Yale" (1910)
  • "I Want to Be a Yale Boy" (1910)
  • "I Want to Be a Prom Girl" (1910)
  • "The Motor Car" (1910-1911)
  • "Hail to Yale" (1911) [Music by Arthur Troostwyck]
  • "Eli" (1911)
  • Bulldog [sheet music]

  • "Bull Dog" (1911)
  • "A Football King" (1912) [Rewritten for The Pot of Gold as "If I Were a Football Man".]
  • "It Pays to Advertise" (1912)
  • "When I'm Eating Around With You" (1912)
  • "When We're Wed" ("Once We're Wed") (1912)
  • "Esmeralda" (1913) [Originally used in The Kaleidoscope.  It was interpolated into Hands Up, which opened on July 22, 1915 at the 44th Street Theatre for 52 performances.  Sung in the production by M. Maurice and Florence Walton, it was Porter's first song to be performed on Broadway.]
  • "Craigie 404" (c. 1913-1914)
  • "The Talk You Hear at the Prom" (c. 1913-1914)
  • "Class of 1913 Song" (1914)
  • "Cincinnati" (1914) [The only surviving song from We're All Dressed Up and We Don't Know Huerto Go, performed May 22, 1914 by the Yale University Dramatic Association.]

After Yale

  • "Two Big Eyes" (1915) [Lyrics by John Golden, it was interpolated in Jerome Kern's Miss Information, which opened at the George M. Cohan Theatre on October 5, 1915 for 47 performances.  The song was performed by Irene Bordoni.]
  • "War Song" (c. 1915-1920)
  • "Cleveland" (1916) [Written for the Federation of Yale Clubs gathering in Cleveland.]
  • "Katie of the Y.M.C.A." (c. 1917-1918)
  • "It Puzzles Me So" (c. 1917-1918)
  • "Alone With You" (1918) [Written with Melville Gideon, this song was interpolated in the London production of Jerome Kern's Very Good Eddie, which opened at the Palace Theatre on May 18, 1918 for 341 performances.  It was not used in the Broadway production of 1915.]
  • "Altogether Too Fond of You" (1918) [Written with Melville Gideon, it was used in Telling the Tale, which opened at the Ambassadors' Theatre, London, on August 31, 1918 for 90 performances.]
  • "Widow's Cruise" (1919?)
  • "Venus of Milo" (1919?)
  • "You Make Up" (1919?)
  • "A Table for Two" (1919?)
  • "I Never Realized" (1919) [The song was first performed in Buddies, which opened October 27, 1919 at the Selwyn Theatre, New York, and later in The Eclipse, which opened at the Garrick Theatre, London, on November 12, 1919.  See recording info below.]
  • "Washington Square" (1919) [With lyrics by Cole Porter and E. Ray Goetz, and music by Melville Gideon, this song was first performed as "In Chelsea Somewhere" in The Eclipse (see above for production info.)  See recording info below.  It was also performed in As You Were, which opened January 27, 1920 at the Central Theatre, New York.]

The Twenties

  • "Look Around" (1920) [With lyrics by Clifford Grey, this was written for A Night Out, which opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, London, on September 18, 1920, and ran for 309 performances.  See recording info below.]
  • "Why Didn't We Meet Before?" (1920) [With lyrics by Clifford Grey, this was written for A Night Out (see above).  See recording info below.]
  • "Our Hotel" (1920) [With lyrics by Clifford Grey, this was written for A Night Out (see above).]
  • "Don't Tell Me Who You Are" (early 1920's)

Mayfair and Montmartre [sheet music]

  • "Olga (Come Back to the Volga)" (1922) [This song was first performed in Mayfair and Montmartre which was produced and staged by C. B. Cochran.  The show opened at the New Oxford Theatre, London, on March 9, 1922, and ran for 77 performances.]
  • "Cocktail Time" (1922) [This song was first performed in Mayfair and Montmartre; see above.]
  • "The Blue Boy Blues" (1922) [This song was first performed in Mayfair and Montmartre; see above.]
  • "The Bandit Band" (1922) [An early version of this song was written for Mayfair and Montmartre, but was not used.  It was later rewritten for Hitchy-Koo of 1922.]
  • "Wond'ring Night and Day" (1922) [This was written for, but not used in, Mayfair and Montmartre.]
  • "Ragtime Pipes of Pan" (1922) [This song was written for Phi-Phi which opened at the London Pavilion Theatre on August 16, 1922.]
  • "Butterflies" (1925) [This was performed in Out O' Luck, which was first presented on December 17, 1925 by the Yale University Dramatic Association.  The show was directed by Monty Woolley, and had a book by C. S. "Tom" Cushing.  It was taken out on tour for several performances.]
  • "Mademazelle" (1925) [Written for Out O' Luck, see above.]
  • "Opera Star" (1925) [Written for Out O' Luck, see above.]
  • "Italian Street Singers" (1926)
  • "Sex Appeal" (1927)
  • "Hot-House Rose" (1927) [This was written for Fanny Brice's nightclub act.]
  • "Weren't We Fools?" (1927) [This was written for Fanny Brice's nightclub act.]
  • "The Laziest Gal in Town" (1927) [This song was performed by Marlene Dietrich in Alfred Hitchcock's film Stage Fright (1950).]
  • Here Comes the Bandwagon [sheet music]

  • "Here Comes the Bandwagon" (1929) [This was written for The Battle of Paris, a Paramount Pictures film released November 30, 1929, starring Gertrude Lawrence.]
  • "They All Fall in Love" (1929) [This was written for The Battle of Paris, see above.  See recording info below.]
  • "I'm Dining With Elsa" (late 1920's)
  • "That Little Old Bar in the Ritz" (late 1920's)
  • "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" (unknown)
  • "Oh, Honey" (unknown)
  • "Poor Young Millionaire" (unknown) [This song was reconstructed with new music by Peter Bogdanovich and Artie Butler for the film At Long Last Love (1974).]
  • "The Scampi" (unknown) [The music for this song was used for "The Tale of the Oyster" in Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929).]

The Thirties

  • "What's My Man Gonna Be Like?" (1930) [This was written for Evelyn Hoey to sing in The Vanderbilt Revue, which opened at the Vanderbilt Theatre on November 5, 1930.]
  • "Miss Otis Regrets" (1934) [This was first performed on stage by Douglas Byng in Hi Diddle Diddle, which opened October 3, 1934 at the Savoy Theatre, London.  See recording info below.]
  • "Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby" (1934) [This song was recorded by Cole Porter on October 26, 1934.  See recording info below.]
  • "Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye" (1936) [This song was written for the film Born to Dance, but not used.  It was also dropped from Red, Hot and Blue.  It was finally used in the London production of O Mistress Mine, which opened on December 3, 1936 at the St. James Theatre.  See recording info below.]
  • "It All Belongs to You" (1938) [This song was written for Rene Clair's film Break the News (US Release, 1941).]
  • "River God" (1938) [This was written for The Sun Never Sets which opened at the Drury Lane Theatre, London, on June 9, 1938.  See recording info below.]
  • "What Am I To Do? (1939) [This was written for Kaufman-Hart's play The Man Who Came to Dinner which opened at the Music Box Theatre, New York, on October 16, 1939 and closed July 12, 1941 after 739 performances.]
  • "At Last in Your Arms" (1939) [written for the M-G-M film Balalaika, but not used]
  • "Java" (1930's, unknown)
  • "How Do They Do It?" (1930's, unknown)
  • "Maybe Yes, Maybe No" (1930's, unknown)
  • "The Upper Park Avenue" (1930's, unknown)
  • "Dressing Daughter for Dinner" (unknown)

The Forties

  • "So Long, Samoa" (1940)
    [The music for this song was used later for "Farewell, Amanda" in the film Adam's Rib (1949)]
  • "Glide, Glider, Glide" (1942)
  • "Sailors of the Sky" (1943)
    [written for, but rejected by, the Navy]
  • "The Gold Dusters Song" (1946)
    [written for the Vassar singing group The Gold Dusters]
  • "I Gaze in Your Eyes" (1940's ?)
    [The music for this song was either lost or never written.  recorded with new music by Ann Hampton Callaway on Cole Porter Revisited, Vol. 5]
  • "Farewell, Amanda" (1949)
    [written for the film Adam's Rib; same music as "So Long, Samoa"]

Original Cast Recordings

"Chelsea" / "I Never Realized" - Nancy Gibbs and F. Pope Stamper

  • 78 RPM, 1919 [Columbia (UK) F-1033]

"Chelsea" / "I Never Realized" - Garrick Theatre Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1919 [Columbia (UK) 783]

"Why Didn't We Meet Before" - Lily St. John, Leslie Henson

  • 78 RPM, 1920 [Columbia (UK) F-1061]

"Looking Around" [aka "Look Around"] - Lily St. John

  • 78 RPM, 1920 [Columbia (UK) F-1062]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - Douglas Byng

  • 78 RPM, 1934 [Decca (UK) F-5249]

"Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby" - Cole Porter

  • 78 RPM, 1935 [Victor 24766]

"Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye" - Yvonne Printemps with the Carroll Gibbons Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1936 [HMV (UK) DA 1539]

"River God" - Todd Duncan

  • 78 RPM, 1938 [Columbia (UK) DB-1778]

Contemporaneous Recordings

"They All Fall in Love" - Will Osborne and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1929 [Columbia 2044-D]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - Anita Day

  • 78 RPM, 1934 [Brunswick A-500474]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - Peggy Johnson and Her Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1934 [Victor 24691]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - Jimmy Lunceford

  • 78 RPM, 1934 [Decca 130]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - Ethel Waters

  • 78 RPM, 1934 [Decca 140]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - The Mills Brothers

  • 78 RPM, 1934 [Decca 166]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - Cab Calloway and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1935 [Brunswick 7504]

"Miss Otis Regrets" - Jean Sablon

  • 78 RPM, 1935 [Columbia DF-1672]

Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins