You're The Top

Happy New Year!

Quiche, Mimosas (Diet Coke for Me), Meerkat Manor, Exotic Fruit, Tala the Wolf Dog, P-Nut the Ancient Beagle who Likes to Get Her Azz Smacked, and Beauregard (French Accent), the Laid-Back Lapso-Opso(sic) Mutt. Grey Sky outside, palm trees, and old towers lining the sky. A day full of hope and love and humor and family. So.

To all my loved ones far and near, I thank you for your hearts of fire, for your wonderful minds, for your amazing humor, and for your love. Happy New Year! This one's for you (you know who you are!)

"You're the Top" by Cole Porter, from Selected Lyrics: Cole Porter. © Library of America. Reprinted with permission (buy now)

You're the Top

At words poetic
I'm so pathetic
That I always have found it best
Instead of getting them off my chest,
To let 'em rest, unexpressed.
I hate paradin'
My serenadin'
As I'll probably miss a bar.
So if this ditty
Is not so pretty,
At least it will tell you how great you are.

You're the top.
You're the Coliseum.
You're the Top.
You're the Louvre Museum.
You're a melody from a symphony by Strauss.
You're a Bendel bonnet, a Shakespeare sonnet, you're Mickey Mouse!
You're the Nile
You're the Tower of Pisa.
You're the smile
On the Mona Lisa.
I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop!
But if, baby, I'm the bottom, you're the top.

You're the top.
You're a silver dollar.
You're the top.
You're an Arrow collar.
You're the nimble tread on the feet of Fred Astaire.
You're an O'Neill drama, you're Whistler's mama, your Camembert.
You're the pearl
That the divers fetch up.
Milton Berle
And tomato ketchup.
I'm a toy balloon that's fated soon to pop.
But if, baby, I'm the bottom, you're the top!

You're the top.
You're a new invention.
You're the top.
You're the fourth dimension.
You're the purple light of a summer night in Spain.
You're the National Gallery, your Garbo's Salary, you're cellophane.
You're romance.
You're the steppes of Russia.
You're the Pants
On a Roxy usher.
I'm a broken doll, a folderol, a flop!
But if, baby, I'm the bottom, you're the top!


Anonymous said…
Happy New Year to you too! I hope this year is full of new discoveries, wonderful surprises and lots of love! You always have buckets of it coming from me.
XOXO, Karen
kelly rae said…
hey you! and happy new year to you! your courage and strength this past year have been huge for me - a true and wide inspiration. love you!
Anonymous said…
Hey Ama!
I saw this on Writer's Almanac and almost posted it as well. I love it!
Happy new year and I hope you get to Austin soon!

(Cowgirl says Hello!)
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