Miss Otis Regrets

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The very best of Cole Porter songbookTake the Otis elevator to the first floor of the Ilac Centre and enter the Central Library. Turn right at the library entrance and walk down to the Music Library where the music library staff will, on request, lure the oft regretful Miss Otis off the shelf, urging her to accept your invitation to repeat her melancholy tale of betrayal.

"Miss Otis Regrets" is a song by Cole Porter from the 1930s. Cole Porter is reputed to have said that he could write a song about anything even an elevator. The song is written in the blues style and tells the story of a woman who is jailed and hanged having shot her seducer after being jilted and abandoned.

Miss Otis is a polite society lady and the story of her last evening is told by her servant who conveys Miss Otis's final, polite apologetic words to her friends. "Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today".

This song as well as other Cole Porter hits were very effectively performed for us by James Barry (Baritone) at previous Lunchtime Recitals. James has already been mentioned in my "Bloomsongs" post.

This song, in addition to other Cole Porter hits like "Begin the Beguine", "Anything Goes", "Let's Do It" and "I Get a Kick out oF You", are available to borrow in vocal score  and CD format, from the Music Library.

And, even if "Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today" there are many other delectable items on the Cole Porter menu. Ask a staff member to recommend today's special!!

You can contact staff in the Music Library, via telephone (01) 8734333, email musiclibrary@dublincity.ie or in person. The Music Library is located in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1.



Thanks for the pointer to this music choice..I would never have thought of it...Great thanks

How did Dublin City Council first become so prominently involved in "Miss Otis"?

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