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Duo-Art "Let's Do It" Is YouTube Hit
By Randolph Herr

I have to say I am surprised that one video I have on my YouTube
channel, AeolianHall1, has about 120,000 views; all my other videos do
not have nearly as many hits.  I made the video by playing my 88-note
push-up Pianola, and I am responsible for the tempo and expression.

The video is of the Duo-Art piano roll of "Let's Do It (Let's Fall
In Love)", played by Constance Mering.  The song was one of the first
big hits by Cole Porter.  Here is the link:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P56BrKj6YK8 

I think the reason that it suddenly took off in popularity, over the
last month or so, is because it is played in Woody Allen's new movie,
"Midnight In Paris".  Although the song has been a standard since
it was written in 1929, the current lyrics are not the same as the
original lyrics.  I can only guess that actually seeing them in print
is even funnier than hearing it sung.

Incidentally, the 'standard' lyrics are
 "Birds do it, Bees do it, Even educated fleas do it..."

The lyrics printed on my roll are
 "Chinks do it, Japs do it, Up in Lapland little laps do it..."

Randolph Herr

 [ At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let%27s_Do_It,_Let%27s_Fall_in_Love :
 [   "The above referenced original opening stanza of the chorus were
 [   changed to the now much better known refrain, "Birds do it, Bees do
 [   it," by Cole Porter when he realized that the line was offensive."
 [
 [ Cole Porter often wrote extra lyrics which were never 'officially'
 [ published but were widely circulated and sung, especially at gala
 [ parties!  More "Let's Do It" lyrics are collected at
 [ http://www.actionext.com/names_e/ella_fitzgerald_lyrics/lets_do_it.html 
 [ -- Robbie


(Message sent Sat 22 Oct 2011, 21:07:18 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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