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Real Lyrics -> Dated References -> Cole Porter

I'm not talking about songs that have a dated sound (there's more than I could ever list). I'm referring to songs with a specific date or year in the lyrics, that are mentioned as the present or future. Like Prince's "1999" (which will not be played as much now that it's date has come and gone). These are songs for which the present or future they refer to, has come and gone. 1999 was the future in 1982, 1999 has now passed.

What I am NOT looking for, are songs like Bowling for Soup's "1985" which are written after the date they are talking about. This song is looking back, or written from the point of view of after the date mentioned.

We also accept lyrics that mention prices that are now dated, such as 10 cent pay phone calls. Lyrics that mention a persons age at the time and that person is now past said age, and lyrics that mentioned events that were current at the time of the song but have now passed are also accepted.

Basically anything that definitively dates a song by any means other than the way it "sounds". Words/phrases/singing styles or instruments that were used commonly in a time period but are no longer used that much today are not accepted.

Dated References, Cole Porter

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De-Lovely album at
Cole Porter's, "You're The Top"
The dated Lyrics:
You're a Bendel bonnet

You're Garbo's salary, you're cellophane

You're an Arrow collar

You're a Coolidge dollar
Why They're dated:
The guy's supposedly telling a woman how wonderful she is (or a man, considering who wrote and originally sang this song). However:

1. While cellophane may have been a great scientific breakthrough back in the '30s, nowadays it just something mopst people throw away
2. Not only is (Greta) Garbo dead now, but the salaries of so many big-name celebrities of this era are at least a hundred times what hers was
3. Bendel bonnet? Arrow collar? What are those?
4. The Colidge dollar lost all value after the stock market crash
Submitted by: betty kaye

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