I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo

Words & Music by Mack Gorden & Harry Warren
Recorded by Glenn Miller, 1942 (#1 for 8 weeks)

A      D9       A       D  Bm7-5
A,  B,  C,  D,  E,  F,  G,   H

A        D9  A D9 Bm7-5  A              D9   A   Edim
I got a gal         in  Kal - a - ma - zoo

  E7          Bm7-5        Cdim             E7
I don't wanna boast, but I know she's the toast

Bm7-5  A              D9  A     Edim - E7
 Of   Kal - a - ma - zoo

A               D9   A  D9 Bm7-5 A           D9    A    Edim
Years have gone by,         my   my how she grew

E7          Bm7-5         Cdim        E7
I liked her looks when I carried her books 

Bm7-5  A             D9    A   G#7
  In  Kal - a - ma - zoo.


          C#7   Gdim(IV)  C#7         Gdim(IV) 
I'm gonna send a  wire,   hoppin' on a flyer, 

F#7       C#m7-5    F#7  Gdim
   That's leavin' today

B7   Fdim(III)  B7              Fdim(III)  
Am I dreamin'?   I can hear her screamin'

E7         D9         E7/6       Fdim  E7/6
"Hiya, Mr. Jackson!"  Ev - 'ry - thing's O -

A      D9      A        D Bm7-5
K,  A - L - A - M - A - Z - O

A           D9  A  D9 Bm7-5  A               D9   A    Edim
Oh, what a gal,          a  real pip - per - oo

E7           Bm7-5        Cdim           E7
I'll make my bid for that freckle-faced kid 

    F#7                B7       Cdim       E7/6
I'm hurryin' to -- I'm goin' to Mich - i - gan 

   A   A7  D9      Dm6 E7/6    D9      Bm7-5   A
To see the sweet - est  gal in Kal - a - ma - zoo.

*A word or two of explanation is called for here, because of the words themselves. I started with the dead-on transcription provided by my lyrics pal, Ron Hontz (who took great pains to duplicate the vocals on the recording as performed by Bill May and Tex Beneke and the backup vocals by Marion Hutton and The Modernaires.) But I have opted to simplify them here, because when I hear this song performed now (however rarely that might be) in piano bars, it seems as if no one knows -- or cares, in particular -- just how many "zoo's" there are supposed to be at the end of the verses. Ron counted 18 at the end of the last one, leading up to a one-word "Kalamazoo" tag at the end of the song. To me, it's one of those cases where I think the performer has the right to decide for him- or herself precisely how the vocal should go, rather than try to make sure that he or she sang all 18 and lose sleep over whether or not the correct number got included.

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.