from an unknown poet

I Get Along Without You Very Well
Words & Music by Jane Brown Thompson & Hoagy Carmichael
Recorded by Rosemary Clooney, 1960
D Bm7-5 G A7 D Cdim G/B G D
I get along without you very well, of course I do;

G G/F# Em7 A7 Em7 G A7
Except when soft rains fall and drip from leaves, then I recall

G G/F# Em7 A7 D9 Cdim Bm7-5 A7
The thrill of being sheltered in your arms, of course I do.

G E7 A7 D
But I get along without you very well.

D Bm7-5 G A7 D Cdim G/B G D
I've for - got - ten you, just like I should, of course I have;

G G/F# Em7 A7 Em7 G A7
Except to hear your name, or someone's laugh that is the same.

G G/F# E7 A7 G D
But I've forgotten you just like I should.

D7 G Gm7 D Bm7
What a guy! What a fool am I

Em7 Gm7 A7 D
To think my breaking heart could kid the moon.

D7 G Gm7 F#7 Bm7
What's in store? Should I 'phone once more?

Em7 E7 Em7 G/B A7
No, it's best that I stick to my tune.

D Bm7-5 G A7 D Cdim G/B G D
I get along without you very well, of course I do;

G G/F# Em7 A7 Em7 G G/B A7
Except perhaps in spring...but I should never think of spring,

G G/F# E7 A7 G D
For that would surely break my heart in two.

Composed by Carmichael several years after being given Mrs. Thompson’s unsigned poem by a student at Indiana University. After an extensive search, the author was located but she died the night before the song was introduced by Dick Powell on a network radio program. Sung by Hoagy Carmichael and Jane Russell in the 1952 film “The Las Vegas Story.”

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