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The girls today in society go for classical poetry
So to win their hearts one must quote with ease
Aeschylus ans Euripides
One must know Homer, and believe me, eau
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
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
Brush up your Shakespeare
Start quoting him now
Brush up your Shakespeare
And the women you will wow
With the wife of the British ambassida
Try a crack out of "Troilus and Cressida"
If she says she won't buy it or like 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
Brush up your Shakespeare
Start quoting him now
Brush up your Shakespeare
And the women you will wow
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 you Measure for Measure
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they'll all kow-tow - Forsooth
And they'll all kow-tow
And they'll all kow-tow
Brush up your Shakespeare
Start quoting him now
Brush up your Shakespeare
And the women you will wow
Better mention "The Merchant of Venice"
When her sweet pound o' flesh you would menace
In her virtue, at first, she defends---well
Just remind her that "All's Well Tat Ends Well"
And if still she won't give you a bonus
You know what Venus did to Adonis
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they'll all kow-tow - Thinkist thou?
And they'll all kow-tow - Odds bodkins
And they'll all kow-tow
Brush up your Shakespeare
Start quoting him now
Brush up your Shakepeare
And the women you will wow
If your girl 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 always kow-tow - Forsooth
And they'll always kow-tow - Thinkist thou?
And they'll always kow-tow - We trou'
And they'll always kow-tow

Writer(s): COLE PORTER

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