Why Shouldn't I
Anita O'Day Lyrics


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Why shouldn't I take a chance when romance passes by?
Why shouldn't I know of love?
Why wait around when each age has a sage who has sung
That upon this earth love is all that is really worth thinking of?

It must be fun, lots of fun
To be sure when day is done
That the hour is coming when you'll be kissed
And then you'll be kissed again

All debutantes say it's good
And every star out in far Hollywood
Seems to give it a try
So why shouldn't I?

All debutantes say it's good
And every star out in far Hollywood




Seems to give it a try
So why shouldn't I?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Anita O'Day's song, Why Shouldn't I, express the idea of taking a chance on love and not waiting for it to come along. The opening line asks the rhetorical question, "Why shouldn't I take a chance when romance passes by?" which sets the tone for the entire song. The singer then questions why she should not seek out love, rather than waiting for it to come to her. She argues that throughout history, love has been seen as the most valuable aspect of human existence.


The second stanza then describes the anticipation and excitement of waiting for a kiss from a loved one. The line, "It must be fun, lots of fun," suggests that the singer believes love to be an enjoyable experience. She then goes on to note that everyone, from debutantes to Hollywood stars, seems to give love a try, implying that it is a universally valued experience.


Overall, the lyrics of Why Shouldn't I convey a sense of longing for love and a willingness to take the risk of pursuing it. The song highlights the idea that love is a fundamental part of life, and therefore it is worth seeking out.


Line by Line Meaning

Why shouldn't I take a chance when romance passes by?
Why would I let an opportunity for love slip away?


Why shouldn't I know of love?
Why not seek out the experience of love?


Why wait around when each age has a sage who has sung That upon this earth love is all that is really worth thinking of?
Throughout history, wise people have extolled the value of love, so why waste time waiting to embrace it?


It must be fun, lots of fun To be sure when day is done That the hour is coming when you'll be kissed And then you'll be kissed again
It’s exciting to anticipate the end of the day when you know you will be able to share intimacy with someone you love.


All debutantes say it's good And every star out in far Hollywood Seems to give it a try So why shouldn't I?
Even those in the echelons of high society and Hollywood stars seem to believe in love, so why shouldn't I?




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: COLE PORTER

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Aceiseverywhere


on Who Cares?

Let it rain and thunder
Let a million firms go under
I am not concerned with, stocks and bombs that I've been burned with
I love you and you love me
And that's how it will always be
And nothing else can ever mean a thing
Who cares what the public chatters?
Love's the only thing that matters
Who cares if the sky, cares to fall
in the sea
Who cares how history rates me?
As long as your kiss intoxicates me
Oh why should I care?
Life is one long jubilee
As long as I care for you
And you care for me!

Who cares if the sky, cares to fall
in the sea
Who cares what banks fail in Yonkers?
As long as you've got a kiss that conquers!
Oh why should I care?
Life is one long jubilee
So long as I care for you
and you care for me!

(These lyrics might be wrong, sorry)

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