Close to YouWords & Music by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Recorded by The Carpenters, 1973
C9 Am7 A7sus4 B7 Bm7 Bm7/E Em7 Em Why do birds sud - den - ly appear ev'ry time you are near? C C9 C C9 GM7 Bm7 G6 Just like me, they long to be close to you. C9 Am7 A7sus4 B7 Bm7 Bm7/E Em7 Em Why do stars fall down from the sky ev'ry time you walk by? C C9 C C9 GM7 Bm7 G6 Just like me, they long to be close to you. Bridge: CM7 Am CM7 Am CM7 Am CM7 On the day that you were born the angels got together Am Bm7 F#m7 Bm7 F#m7 E7/9 And decided to create a dream come true C Em7 So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair Am7 Am7/G D Am7 D And golden starlight in your eyes of blue. C9 Am7 A7sus4 B7 Bm7 Bm7/E Em7 Em That is why all the girls in town follow you all around C C9 C C9 GM7 Bm7 G6 Just like me, they long to be close to you. Last Time: C C9 C C9 GM7 Bm7 G6 Just like me, they long to be close to you. C Em7 Am7 Am7/G GM7 Bm7 G6 Ah - - - - close to you.
The official correct title of this song is "(They Long to Be) Close to You" -- but if I indexed it that way, or title this page that way, I'm betting fewer than 10 percent of the the people looking for it would find it, because in the minds of the listening public it has wedged itself in there incorrectly.
Thank lyrics guru Ron Hontz for providing the following background information: Burt Bacharach & Hal David originally asked Herb Alpert to record this one but he simply couldn't bring himself to sing lyrics that he found to be silly--"So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair." Instead Richard Chamberlain did it as the "B" side of his "Blue Guitar" (#43 in 1963.) Later, after Alpert partnered with Jerry Moss to form A&M records, they gave it to one of their acts, The Carpenters, and it hit #1 for 4 weeks in 1970.
Adapted from an arrangemet in the archives of the alt.guitar.tab newsgroup. Thanks to recent visitor Bob Wright for the suggestion.