Always True to You in My Fashion

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"Always True to You in My Fashion" is a 1948 show tune by Cole Porter, written for the musical Kiss Me, Kate.[1] It is based on a similarly ironic poem by the English Decadent poet Ernest Dowson (1867–1900), with its popular chorus Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae ('I have been faithful to thee, Cynara, in my fashion.'). It was probably inspired by Dowson's lifelong friend Adelaide Foltinowicz, who never returned his devotion.[2]

In the lyrics, the singer protests that she is always faithful to her main love in her own way, despite seeing, and accepting gifts from, wealthy older men. It is sung in the later part of the show by Lois (Bianca) to her love interest, Bill (Lucentio), who has become frustrated with Lois's penchant for older wealthy men. Broadway actress and singer Lisa Kirk, who originated the role of Lois/Bianca, introduced the song in the second act of the original (1948) production.[1]

Other versions[edit]

The song was notably sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Blossom Dearie, and Peggy Lee (with George Shearing). There is also a version on the "Della Della Cha-Cha-Cha" album in 1961 by Della Reese.

Cultural references[edit]

Porter wondered whether Clark Gable would object to his name being used in the song, in which it is implied that Gable is one of Lois's lovers ("Mister Gable, I mean Clark / Wants me on his boat to park"). Gable was delighted upon hearing the song, along with his name's being mentioned in the lyric.

In some versions of the lyrics, there are references to the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston and Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera.

In an apparent allusion to Porter's song, Morrissey's "Speedway", from the 1994 album Vauxhall & I, includes the lines "In my own strange way, I've always been true to you / In my own sick way, I'll always stay true to you".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.  Tape 4, side B.
  2. ^ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/170546/Ernest-Dowson
  • Green, Stanley. Broadway Musicals, Show by Show. Milwaukee, WI: H. Leonard Books, 1985.
  • Willis, John; Ben Hodges, and Tom Lynch. Theatre World 1999-2000 Season. Volume 56. New York: Applause, 2003.