“Get a Kick Out of Something” Revisited

Here’s a classic song by Frank Sinatra that uses last week’s Idiom of the Week, “Get a Kick Out of Something.” You can watch, listen, and read the lyrics below:

“I Get a Kick Out of You”

Performed by Frank Sinatra

Written by Cole Porter

My story is much too sad to be told,
But practically everything leaves me totally cold.
The only exception I know is the case
When I’m out on  a quiet spree,
Fighting vainly the old ennui,
And I suddenly turn and see your fabulous face.
I get no kick from champagne.
Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all.
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of you?
Some like the perfume from Spain;
I’m sure that if I took even one sniff
It would bore me terrifically, too.
Yet I get a kick out of you.
I get a kick every time I see
You standing there before me.
I get a kick though it’s clear to see
You obviously do not adore me.
I get no kick in a plane.
Flying too high with some chick in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do.
Yet I get a kick – you give me a boot – I get a kick out of you.
practically = almost
spree = going out and having fun
vainly = uselessly
ennui = boredom
thrill = excite
adore = love, worship
chick = girl, woman
give me a boot = kick me
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3 thoughts on ““Get a Kick Out of Something” Revisited

  1. Thank you, Jon! Sinatras impeccable diction and phrasing make this song easy to understand and enjoy.

    I get a kick out of the US Adult Literacy videos!

    Best wishes, June Foley

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