I’ve Got You Under My Skin

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” is a 1936 song written by the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964). It was introduced in the 1936 American musical film Born to Dance, starring Eleanor Powell and James Stewart. It was performed in the movie by the American actress and singer Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982).

Here is the original Born to Dance version below, sung by Virginia Bruce. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song that year.

Later, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” became a signature song for Frank Sinatra.

Here is the live version by Frank Sinatra below:

And another beautiful version by Carly Simon, the American singer-songwriter, musician and children’s author (born: 1945). Photography by the young French photoghrapher Rimel Neffati (born in 1984, Rouen, France).

Lyrics

I’ve got you under my skin.
I’ve got you deep in the heart of me.
So deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me.
I’ve got you under my skin.
I’d tried so not to give in.
I said to myself: this affair never will go so well.
But why should I try to resist when, baby, I know so well
I’ve got you under my skin?

I’d sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin’ you near
In spite of a warnin’ voice that comes in the night
And repeats, repeats in my ear:
Don’t you know, little fool, you never can win?
Use your mentality, wake up to reality.
But each time that I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop before I begin
‘Cause I’ve got you under my skin.

[Musical interlude]

I would sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin’ you near
In spite of the warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats – how it yells in my ear:
Don’t you know, little fool, you never can win?
Why not use your mentality – step up, wake up to reality?
But each time I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop just before I begin
‘Cause I’ve got you under my skin.
Yes, I’ve got you under my skin.

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