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Lyrics to the 1935 Original London "Anything Goes" 
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Post Lyrics to the 1935 Original London "Anything Goes"
I copied these from a CD entitled "The Land Where The Good Songs Go- The Lyrics of P.G. Wodehouse". There's one line at the end that I can't make out.

Times have changed
And we've often rewound the clock 

Since the Puritans got a shock
When they landed on Plymouth Rock
If today
Any shock they would try to stem
'Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock would land on them

In olden days a glimpse of stocking 

Was looked on as something shocking
But now lord knows
Anything goes

Good writers too who once knew better words

Now only use four-letter words 

Writing prose

Anything goes


If driving fast cars you like
If low bars you like
If bare limbs you like 

If old hymns you like
If Mae West you like 

Or me undressed you like 

Why nobody will oppose 


When every night the set that's smart is 

Indulging in nudist parties
In studios
Anything goes!

When maiden Aunts can freely chuckle
At tales much to near the knuckle
The facts disclose
Anything goes

When in the House our legislators
Are calling each other ‘Traitors’
And ‘So and so’s
Anything goes

The world’s in a state today
Like Billingsgate today
We are each today for free speech today
Nothing’s blue today or taboo today
Or meets with scandalised ‘Ohs’

But while we hope for days more sunny
The Government gets our money
‘Cause Neville knows
Anything Goes

When grandmamas whose age is eighty
In night clubs are getting matey
With gigolos
Anything goes

When mothers pack and leave poor father
Because they decide they'd rather be tennis pros
Anything goes

The world has gone mad today
And good's bad today
And black's white today
And day's night today
In Coney hatch today
We ought to snatch today
A little rest and repose

When ladies fair who seek affection
Prefer gents* of dark complexion
As Romeos
Anything goes

The dogs chase fleas, the bees chase honey
And we are all chasing money
And when it shows
Anything goes

The duke who owns a moated castle
Takes lodgers and makes them parcle
Because he knows
Anything goes

It’s grab and smash today
We want cash today
Get rich quick today
That’s the trick today
And the great today
Don’t hesitate today
But keep right on their toes

And ________________ pay to do it
To anyone so pursue it
For baby clothes
Anything goes

Anything goes
Anything goes



*I've heard that the original lyric used was "coons".


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Post Re: Lyrics to the 1935 Original London "Anything Goes"
thanks a lot..nice post.i enjoyed the lyrics very much..

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