How Little We KnowWords & Music by Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Carmichael, 1944
Recorded by Susannah McCorkle, 1977
AM7 Bm7-5 A6 Cdim Maybe it happens this way, AM7 Bm7-5 C#m7-5 F#7 Maybe we really be - long together, Bm7 Bm7-5 E7 Fdim Bm7 Fdim But after all, how little we know. AM7 Bm7-5 A6 Cdim Maybe it's just for a day; AM7 Bm7-5 C#m7-5 F#7 Love is as changeable as the weather, Bm7 Bm7-5 E7 Bm7-5 Fdim Bm7-5 E7 And after all, how little we know. E7-9 AM7 Edim A6 Fdim AM7 Cdim AM7 Who knows why an April breeze never remains? G#m7 C#7 F# Gdim Why stars in the trees hide when it rains? Em7 G/B A7 A7+5 DM7 D6 Love comes along, casting a spell -- F#m B7 Will it sing you a song? B9 E7 F7 E7 Will it say a farewell? Who can tell? AM7 Bm7-5 A6 Cdim Maybe you're meant to be mine; AM7 Bm7-5 C#m7-5 F#7 Bm7 Bm7-5 E7 Maybe I'm only supposed to stay in your arms a while, Bm7-5 Fdim Bm7-5 E7 As others have done. E7-9 AM7 Edim A6 E7-9 AM7 Is this what I've waited for? Am I the one? E7 D9 Dm6 F#m Oh, I hope in my heart that it's so, D9 Fdim E7 A In spite of how little we know. Coda: E7-9 AM7 Edim A6 E7-9 AM7 C#7 F#7 Is this what I've waited for? Am I the one? D9 Bm7-5 F#7 Oh, I hope in my heart that it's so, D9 Bm7-5 Fdim E7 A6 In spite of how little we know.
Hearing this song reinforced for me, once again, the tragedy of Susannah McCorkle. Her delivery may have been called unspectacular by some, but lyricists must have loved her -- her singing never got in the way of the words. Yet for all her success, chronic depression got the best of her and she took her own life.