ManhattanWords & Music by Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, 1956*
Intro Verse: D F#m7 Bm7 A7 D A7 G/B A7 F#m7 Bm7-5 Summer journeys to Niag'ra and to other places aggravate all our cares; Em7 A7-9 We'll save our fares. D F#m7 Bm7 A7 D A7 G/B A7 I've a cozy little flat in what is known as old Manhattan; C9 B9 Bb9 Em7 A7-9 We'll settle down right here in town. Melody: D Fdim Em7 A7/6 D9 We'll have Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, too; Fdim Em7 A7 A7+5 D Fdim Em7 A7 It's lovely going through the zoo. D Fdim Em7 A7/6 Bm7 It's very fancy on old Delancy Street, you know; G7 F#7 F7 E7 F7 E7 A7 G/B A7 The subway charms us so when balmy breezes blow to and fro. D Am7 B7 Em7 A7/6 DM7 And tell me what street compares with Mott Sreet in July? F3m7 Fdim Em7 G/B A7+5 F#m7 Sweet pushcarts gently gli - ding by. B7 Fdim B7 Em7 G/B Gdim Edim F#m Bm7 E9 The great big city's a wond'rous toy just made for a girl and boy. D Fdim Em7 A7/6 A7-9 D6 Fdim Em7 A7 We'll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy. We'll go to Yonkers, where true love conquers in the wilds, And starve together, Dear, in Childs'. We'll go to Coney and eat baloney on a roll; In Central Park we'll stroll Where our first kiss we stole, soul to soul. And "My Fair Lady" is a terrific show, they say; We both may see it close someday. The city's clamour can never spoil the dreams of a boy and goil; D Fdim Em7 A7/6 A7-9 D6 Fdim Em7 A7-9 D6 We'll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy.
*Fitzgerald's 1956 version omits two verses, and slightly modifies the second verse as well. The song was originally written for a 20's musical that never got produced; instead, it was contributed by the writers to a fund-raiser for New York's Garrick Theater in the mid-1920's.
And, once again, TheGuitarguy's ignorance strikes: for years, I was sure the correct title of this song was "We'll Have Manhattan." No wonder I had trouble finding it.