Cole Porter Handwritten Musical Song Lyrics


2015-06-26 11:23:53

Cole Porter Handwritten Musical Song Lyrics

A sheet of Cole Porter Handwritten Musical Song Lyrics is a rare and unique piece of music memorabilia written by the celebrated composer and songwriter Cole Porter.


Background information

Cole Porter is one of the most highly regarded and popular composers and songwriters of the 20th century. He found success on Broadway during the late 1920s and 1930s, with musicals including ‘The New Yorkers’, ‘Gay Divorce’ and ‘Anything Goes’.

Many of his songs, such as ‘Let’s Do It’, ‘I Get a Kick out of You’ and ‘Night and day’ have become timeless standards in their own right and have been recorded by artists around the world.

During the 1940s and 50s he wrote a number of musicals along with songs and scores for Hollywood feature films, and in 1949 produced his most successful show ‘Kiss Me, Kate’.

To this day he is remembered as one of musical theatre’s finest songwriters, and his songs and shows are continually performed to this day.

Item description

The song lyrics are written in pencil on a sheet of ruled paper measuring 8” by 11”, which is headed ‘No Wonder Taxes Are So High’. The title was later shortened to ‘No Wonder Taxes Are High’.

The song was written for the 1958 musical fantasy Aladdin, created specifically for television and featuring the final music and lyrics Porter ever wrote.

The sheet includes ideas for lyrics, many of which appear in the final song, including:

“What the Emperor likes…Droves of dromedaries…Requires ten thousand lanterns…Winter robes of Russian sables…Criminals to punish…Rarities from Sheba…Enjoys embroidered vestments…To give expensive dinners…Gives many many expensive entertainments…Sofa made of silver…Is fond of painted services of porcelain…Pavements made of marble…Is fond of golden idols…Rather noisy fireworks…Solid gold pavilions…”

These undated and unsigned notes were acquired from the Waldorf Astoria Towers hotel in New York, where Porter spent his final years in relative seclusion after suffering illness and the amputation of his leg.


This unique piece of music memorabilia is offered for sale by Paul Fraser Collectibles, specialists in high-grade collectibles and historic memorabilia.

It is currently priced at £6,950.

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