Porter had written the score for Jubilee while on an extended sea cruise in the early part of 1935: however, in September 1935 while he was visiting a friend's farm in Ohio with Jubilee's librettist Moss Hart, the latter mentioned that the play's second act required an additional song, and Porter had "Just One of Those Things" completed by the following morning (he had previously used the title for a song intended for but not featured in the 1930 musical The New Yorkers— apart from the title the two songs are distinct). Porter's original lyric lacked an adjective for the line "a trip to the moon on gossamer wings": "gossamer" would be suggested by his friend, Ed Tauch.
"Just One of Those Things" was featured in two Doris Day musical films, Lullaby of Broadway (1951) and Young at Heart (1954), and also in the film version of Can-Can (1960) in which it's performed by Maurice Chevalier.
It was just one of those things Just one of those crazy flings One of those bells that now and then rings It was one of those things
It was just one of those nights Just one of those fabulous flights A trip to the moon on gossamer wings It was one of those things
If we'd thought a bit about the end of it When we started paintin' the town We'd have been aware that our love affair Was too hot, not to cool down
So good-bye, dear, good-bye and amen Here's hopin' we'll meet now and then It was great fun But it was just one of those things