Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt / Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)
Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It) is the English language name [sic] for a 1930 German song composed by Frederick Hollander as Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt (literally: “Head to toe, I’m 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. The English lyrics were written by Sammy Lerner, but are in no way a direct translation of the original.
Marlene Dietrich — Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt — 1930
Der blaue Engel
(below) 1930 recording
Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It) – from the English language version of Der blaue Engel which was filmed at the same time as the original.
The simultaneously-filmed English language version was considered a lost film for many years until a print was discovered in a German film archive and restored. This restored print of the English version had its U.S. premiere at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on 19 January 2009 as part of the “Berlin and Beyond” film festival.
Selected covers of Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt:
Karkoff-Orchester mit deutschem Refraingesang – 1930, Waltz
Saxophon-Orchester Dobbri — recorded in February 1930; issued on the single Beka (rot) B.6962, b/w “Nimm dich in acht vor blonden Frau’n”
Sam Baskini and Orchestra with vocal by Gretl Finkler — date unknown
Virginia Koch — uploaded by TheVedgie on 13 April 2011
T Sisters — published on 15 October 2012
“Från topp till tå” — Swedish lyric version
Zarah Leander — 1930, Odeon
In 1930, Zarah Leander was the star of the musical revue “Stockholm blir Stockholm” in which she sang a Swedish version of the song “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt” titled “Från topp till tå.”
“Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)” — with English lyric by Sammy Lerner
The Brox Sisters in the short film Hollywood on Parade (1932), pay tribute to Marlene Dietrich’s original in Der Blaue Engel.
Billie Holiday and her Orchestra — recorded on 29 Feb 1940 in New York — Roy Eldridge (tp) Jimmy Powell, Carl Frye (as) Kermit Scott (ts) Sonny White (p) Lawrence Lucie(g) John Williams (b) Harold ‘Doc’ West (d) Billie Holiday (v)
Doris Day — 1962
Klaus Nomi — from Nomi’s second album, Simple Man, released in 1982
Christina Aguilera recorded the song for the soundtrack of the film The Spirit (2008)