One-Liner Wednesday – The Sun Shines on the Righteous

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I celebrate everyone’s religious holidays: if it’s good enough for the righteous, it’s good enough for the self-righteous, I always say.

Bette Midler

Song Lyric Sunday: Ladies Who Lunch

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Snack, Supper.
The song must contain one of these words in either the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Written by Cole Porter in 1934, Miss Otis Regrets is a jolly song about a society lady who murders her unfaithful lover. A lynch mob then kills her. But with her dying breath, she sends an apology for breaking a lunch date.

In spite of its grisly theme, and slightly tongue-in-cheek lyrics, this is a minor key little beauty of a tune. And has been covered by many. Including a growly version by Marlene Dietrich, Bette Midler giving it a jazzy swing and Kirsty MacColl accompanied by the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards(!?).

But my go-to artist for this track is Ella Fitzgerald, and here she is.

Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today
She is sorry to be delayed
But last evening down in Lover’s Lane she strayed, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

When she woke up and found that her dream of love was gone, madam
She ran to the man who had led her so far astray
And from under her velvet gown
She drew a gun and shot her lover down, madam
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today

When the mob came and got her and dragged her from the jail, madam
They strung her upon the old willow across the way
And the moment before she died
She lifted up her lovely head and cried, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

Songwriters: Cole Porter
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