Love For SaleWords & Music by Cole Porter, 1930
Recorded by Billie Holiday, 1945
Previously recorded by Libby Holman, 1932 (#5)
D D6 Am Am9 D D6 Am Am9 Am Love---- for sale, advertising love for sale. D G7 Love that's fresh and still unspoiled, C Bb E7 Bm7-5 E7 Am Love that's only slightly soiled. Love---------- for sale. D D6 Am Am9 D D6 Am Am9 Am Who---- will buy? Who would like to sample my supply? D G7 Who's prepared to pay the price C Bb E7 Bm7-5 E7 Am For a trip to paradise? Love----------- for sale. Bridge: F6 G7 C C9 Let the poets pipe of love in their childish way; F6 G7 C C9 I know ev'ry type of love better far than they. A7 Gdim A7 If you want the thrill of love, Dm Bm7-5 Dm6 Am I've been through the mill of love-- F Dm6 Cdim B7 Bb7 Edim A7 Old love, new love, ev'ry love but true love. D D6 Am Am9 D D6 Am Am9 Love---- for sale, advertising love for sale. D G7 If you want to buy my wares, C Bb E7 Bm7-5 E7 Am Am7/G Follow me and climb the stairs. Love---------- for sale. Bm7-5 Dm6 E7 Am Am+7 Am7 Am6 F7 E7 Am Love------------ for sale.
Although bland by today's standards, this song was really pushing the limits of taste and decency when it first appeared -- so much so that it got banned in a lot of places. Since then, however, it's been recorded over 500 times, including an instrumental version by Ramsey Lewis in 1959 that I'm also partial to.