Let's Face the Music and DanceWords & Music by Irving Berlin
Recorded by Nat King Cole, 1961
Am A9 Am Dm7 Bm7-5 Am E7 There may be trou - ble a - head, Am A9 Am Dm7 A Bm7-5 E7 But while there's moon - light and mu - sic, Asus4 A A9 AM7 And love and ro - mance, D6 Dm6 E7 Am Bb9 E7 Let's face the mu - sic and dance. Am A9 Am Dm7 Am Bm7-5 E7 Be - fore the fid - dlers have fled, F7 B7 Bm7-5 E7 Be - fore they ask us to pay the bill, C#m7-5 F#7 C#7 And while we still have the chance, D6 Dm6 Fdim E7 A Let's face the mu - sic and dance. Bridge: F Dm7 C7 F C7 Soon, we'll be without the moon, Dm7 C7 F C7 F7 E7 Humming a different tune, and then, Am A9 Am Dm7 Am Bm7-5 E7 There may be tear - drops to shed, Am A9 Am Dm7 A Bm7-5 E7 So while there's moon - light and mu - sic, Asus4 A A9 AM7 And love and ro - mance, D6 Dm6 E7 Am Dm7 Dm7-5 Bb9 AM7 Let's face the mu - sic and dance.
This song was introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1936 movie "Follow the Fleet" -- and in the minds of many, the song is his. I just happen to love what Cole did with his version.
As a performance note, the opening line can be drastically simplified, and played this way without losing too terribly much:
Am Dm7 E7 There may be teardrops to shed...but as always, I like to complicate my life whenever possible, and the version I show in the full chart comes pretty close to duplicating what Cole sings.