Introduced by Ethel Merman in the 1940, Broadway musical “Panama Hattie” (a takeoff on Panama Hat), you might not be surprised to learn that this is a drinking song as the singer wants to take to drinking after having been rejected in love. The NY Times of the day characterized “La Merman” as “a coarse-timbered entertainer with a heart of gold, who rolled through her part with the greatest gusto, giving a shake and a gleam and plenty of syncopation.” While the show actually ran for 308 performances, none of its songs, with the exception of “Make it Another”, are still sung by cabaret/saloon performers.
The charm of this song, as is true of so many Porter compositions, is in the lyrics.
“Once, high in my castle, I reigned supreme, And oh! What a castle built on a heavenly dream, Then quick as a lightning flash, That castle began to crash, So make it another old-fashioned, please” “Make it another double old-fashioned, please Make it for one who’s due To join the disillusioned crew, Make it for one of love’s new Refugees.”
While Ethel Merman was one of Porter’s favorite stage personalities and he wrote a number of songs specifically for her, I actually prefer other voices, so I’ve chosen to highlight this version of “Make it Another” by Bea Wain