Friday on my mind or A Stocking is Shocking

Today is the Café’s Friday open thread where everyone is welcome to share any issues, topics or interests which come to mind.

It seems to me that the Australian public has been steadily convinced that anything to do with nostalgia or history for that matter isn’t relevant to today’s fast paced society. With technology changing so quickly anything more than 5 years old is sooo ‘yesterday’. However for myself I think that we need to value the past in order to appreciate the future. And so here is a my offering.

Did you know that in olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking? This is a line from a Cole Porter song which was originally written in 1934 and was full of contemporary references to high society, however of interest (at least for yours truly) is that Porter changed the lyrics quite frequently often to suit the times but also to suit the audience. Here is one version, the written lyrics as below have been condensed so as to save the Café ink 🙂

Times have changed,
And we’ve often rewound the clock,

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.

Good authors too who once knew better words,
Now only use four letter words
Writing prose, Anything Goes.

The world has gone mad today
And good’s bad today,
And black’s white today,
And day’s night today,

If driving fast cars you like,
If low bars you like,
If old hymns you like,
If bare limbs you like,
If Mae West you like
Or me undressed you like,
Why, nobody will oppose!
When every night,
The set that’s smart
Is intruding in nudist parties in studios,

Anything goes!