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“Free Martha Now” Cole Porter Concert

Adding to John Derbyshire’s suggested program for the “Free Martha” Cole Porter concert, surely “Why Can’t You Behave?” has Martha’s name on it in more ways than several. Also “It’s De-Lovely” strikes a Martha-like note. And she really ought to be in the lyrics of “You’re the Top,” though ”Stewart” is not easy name to find a rhyme for. One might get away with ”cruet,” I suppose. Then there’s (from “Silk Stockings”) the evocative little number “When We Go to sweet Siberia” which contains the comforting lines: “You can bet all right/That your Christmas will be white/In cheery Siberia.” Also from the same show, reflecting Martha’s treatment at the hands of the KGB: “The Red Blues.”

In fact I think I can recall the entire lyric:

“I’ve got the Red Blues.

I’ve got the Red Blues.

I’ve got the Red Blues.

I’ve got the Red Blues.

I’ve got the Red Blues.

I’ve got the Red Blues.

I’ve got the Red, Red Red,

(That’s what I said)

Red Blues.”

There’s the concert’s first act closer, I reckon.

John, with this sort of show, we might get a really good class of protester, not your usual duffle-coats and anoraks, but a white-tie crowd that would do Martha proud. I say, let’s book the Carlyle now and get going.

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