"Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It)" is the English language name for a 1930 German song composed by Friedrich Hollaender as "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt" (literally: "I am, from head to toe, ready for love"). The song was originally performed in the film Der Blaue Engel (English translation: The Blue Angel) by Marlene Dietrich, who also recorded the most famous English version, which became her anthem. The English lyrics were written by Sammy Lerner, though they do not include a translation of the original version's most erotic verse; when the English version is sung, the first verse is simply repeated. The song is sometimes co-credited to Reginald Connelly.
The song has also been recorded by The Comedian Harmonists (in German, as "Wir sind von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt", circa 1930); Zarah Leander (1931, in Swedish); Billie Holiday (1940); Doris Day (1961); Sammy Davis, Jr. (1962); The Beatles (1962, at The Star Club, featured on the album First Live Recordings); Nina Simone (1966); Claudine Longet (1968); The Techno Twins (1981); Klaus Nomi (1982); William S. Burroughs (1990, in German); Ute Lemper, in German and English, on her 1992 "Illusions" album; Marianne Faithfull (1997); Bryan Ferry (1999); The Puppini Sisters (2006); Michael Lutzeier (2008); and Theo Bleckmann (2008). It featured in the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's 40th anniversary tour of 2006; Patricia Kaas (2008, on the album Kabaret).
Madonna sang a few lines of the song during The Girlie Show Tour in 1993. It is also sung by Lieutenant Gruber in an episode of the hit sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!.
Linda Ronstadt recorded the song with Nelson Riddle for the album Lush Life (1984).
The song lyrics are parodied in an original Star Trek novel, How Much for Just the Planet? (1987) by John M. Ford.
The Mel Brooks' film Blazing Saddles contains a performance by Madeline Kahn called "I'm Tired", done as a parody of Dietrich's performance in Blue Angel.
Christina Aguilera covered the song for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Spirit, a 2008 American comic book adaptation, written and directed by Frank Miller.
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