Words & 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.


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.

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.