Tucked away in Porter’s musical “Gay Divorce” (1932) – Fred Astaire’s last Broadway show, after which he moved to Hollywood & began his romantic, movie career with Ginger Rogers – among such evergreens as “After You, Who?”, “Night and Day” and “How’s Your Romance” is a charming and not often performed number entitled, “I’ve Got You on My Mind”.
There is a spontaneity in this love song, which draws one in & makes it memorable. The lyrics are vintage Porter:
“But granting all your virtues, dear, You’ve certain failings as well. You don’t sing enough, you don’t dance enough, You don’t drink the great wines of France enough! You’re not wild enough, You’re not gay enough, You don’t let me lead you astray enough.”
“Let my poor upset leisure be Otherwise my pet treasure be And arrange to let pleasure be A bit less refined.”
For the piano players among my readers, I hope you will enjoy this version of the song by Peter Mintun, in which he accompanies himself on the piano. I particularly like his use of tenths in the left hand, which gives the song a swinging feel.