Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Kiss Me Kate, (1948)
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Cole Porter (w/m)
Kiss Me, Kate, 1948
VERSE
The girls today in society go for classical poetry
So to win their hearts one must quote with ease
Aeschylus and Euripides
One must know Homer, and believe me, Beau
Sophocles, also Sappho-ho
Unless you know Shelley and Keats and Pope
Dainty Debbies will call you a dope.
But the poet of them all
Who will start 'em simply ravin'
Is the poet people call
The Bard of Stratford on Avon
REFRAIN 1
Brush up your Shakespeare
Start quoting him now
Brush up your Shakespeare
And the women you will wow.
Just declaim a few lines from Othella
And they'll think you're a hell of a fella.
If your blonde won't respond when you flatter 'er
Tell her what Tony told Cleopatterer.
If she fights when her clothes you are mussing
What are clothes? Much ado about nussing.
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they'll all kow-tow.
REFRAIN 2
With the wife of the British ambessida
Try a crack out of Troilus and Cressida.
If she says she won't buy it or tike it
Make her tike it, what's more As You Like It.
If she says your behavior is heinous
Kick her right in the Coriolanus.
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they'll all kow-tow.
REFRAIN 3
If you can't be a ham and do Hamlet
They will not give a damn or a damlet
Just recite an occasional sonnet
And your lap'll have honey upon it.
When your baby is pleading for pleasure
Let her sample your Measure for Measure.
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they'll all kow-tow - Forsooth
And they'll all kow-tow - I' faith
And they'll all kow-tow
And they'll all kow-tow.
REFRAIN 4
Better mention The Merchant Of Venice
When her sweet pound o' flesh you would menace
If her virtue, at first, she defends---well
Just remind her that All's Well That Ends Well
And if still she won't give you a bonus
You know what Venus got from Adonis.
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they'll all kow-tow - Thinkst thou?
And they'll all kow-tow - Odds bodkins
And they'll all kow-tow.
REFRAIN 5
If your goil is a Washington Heights dream
Treat the kid to A Midsummer Night's Dream
If she then wants an all-by-herself night
Let her rest ev'ry 'leventh or Twelfth Night.
If because of your heat she gets huffy
Simply play on and "Lay on, Macduffy!"
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they'll all kow-tow - Forsooth
And they'll all kow-tow - Thinkst thou?
And they'll all kow-tow - We trou'
And they'll all kow-tow.
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YearTitleMediumTypeUsage
1948Kiss Me Katestagestage originalintroduced
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