Blue Tango

Words & Music by Mitchell Parish* & LeRoy Anderson
Recorded by LeRoy Anderson, 1952

E7        Cdim  A   D Cdim A        F#m     E7  Cdim   E7
Here I am with you,          in a world of blue

            Bm7-5   A     Asus4 A           Bm7-5 A  Asus4  E7
While we're dancing to the tan -go we loved when first we  met

E7          Cdim    A   D Cdim A     F#m       E7  Cdim   E7
While the mu - sic plays,        I recall the days

           A      A6 F#m     Bm7-5        Fdim  E7    A
When our love was a tune that we couldn't soon for - get

      A7   Gdim  D  G  Gdim D           Cdim     A7  Em7/9  A7
As I kiss your cheek,          we don't have to speak

            G   A6 A7  D   F#m   A7             Gdim 
The vio - lins like a choir ex - press the de - sire

    A7      D  F#m   A7  G/B  A7  D7
We used to know      not long a - go

        A7  Gdim  D  G  Gdim  D        Cdim        A7  Em7/9  A7
So just hold me tight           in your arms to - night

        G    A6    A7  D   F#m  A7      A7/6  Gdim A7/6   D
And the blue tan - go will be  our mem -  o -  ry   of  love.

Repeat Second Part

Instrumental Coda:

| D   D6 - Cdim | A9 - A - A9 - A |  D6  -  D7 |  G  Gdim  |

| D   D6 - DM7  | A9 - A    Gdim |   D   A7  |   G/B  A7  |  D  |

*Parrish's lyrics are here mainly as a courtesy to him, because Anderson's recording was, as you certainly remember, an instrumental. I have only heard one recording with a vocal - one by Amanda Lear - which was pleasant but unremarkable, as were the several instrumental "me-too" versions that came out shortly after Anderson's.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.