On A Little Street In Singapore

Words & Music by Peter De Rose & Billy Hill
Recorded by The Ames Brothers, 1960

A  Em7 A    Cdim      Bm7-5     Fdim        A   Em7   A   Edim
On        a lit - tle street in Sing - a - pore,

      E  Edim  E7            Bm7-5      Fdim         E  Edim  E7 Fdim(III)
We'd meet         be - side a lo - tus - cov - ered door.

   A  Em7 A    Cdim        Bm7-5   Fdim       A   Em7   A   Edim
A veil      of moon - light on her lone - ly face,

      E  Edim  E7     Bm7-5     Fdim    Bm7-5 E7/6   A
How pale          the hands that held me in    em - brace.

A7 Dalt        D         D9
My sails to - night are filled 

      D    DM7  D  Dm7-5  C#m7-5   Gm7
With per - fume of Shal  -  i   -  mar,

 A  Dalt        D         D9  D DM7  D    E7      A7
With tem - ple bells to guide me to the shore.

 E           Bm7-5 E7 Fdim    A    Em7    A
And then I'll hold her in my arms, 

    Cdim    Bm7-5  Fdim        A   Em7   A   Edim
And love the way I loved be - fore,

E  Edim  E7  Bm7-5      Fdim      Bm7-5 E7/6  A
On          a lit - tle street in Sing - a - pore.

*You'd have to consider this song "obscure" by just about any definition of the term these days, but it did enjoy its share of popularity in the late 30s and early 40s. It was released by Frank Sinatra (twice, as a matter of face -- once under the name of the Harry James Orchestra, and again five years later under his own name) as well as by the orchestras of Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, among others. (Another oddity: the Dorsey version featured Bob Eberly on vocal, and the Miller version featured Ray Eberle -- which has to be one of very few cases where brothers had competing versions of the same song.) Though seldom heard now, the melodic structure is truly haunting.

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.