One For My Baby

(And One More For The Road)

Words & Music by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen
Recorded by Frank Sinatra, 1958

      D      D9 D   Am7
It's quar - ter to three, 

        D  D9  D Dsus4 Am   Am7   D   D9   D  Am7
There's no one in the place ex - cept you and me,

     D   D9 D   Am7    D  D9  D Dsus4   Am  Am7  
So, set 'em up, Joe, I got a lit - tle sto - ry 

D   D9  D  Am7   D  DM7  D7
You oughta know.

       G             F7    G      F7  Em7   D    A7  G/B   B7
We're drinkin', my friend, to the end of a brief ep - i - sode --

        G   G/F#   Em7       G  G/F# G/B A7   D
Make it one for my baby and one more for the road.

  G           Dm6
I got the routine, 

   G                  Dm6   Am7 G             Dm6   G  Dm6
So drop an - oth - er nick - el in the mach - ine;

   G            Dm6   G                  Am7  Dm6
I feel kind - a bad, wish you'd make the mu - sic 

G             Dm6   G  GM7  G7   G6
Pret - ty and sad.

       C         C9    C       C9  Am7     G    Am7  Edim    E7
Could tell you a lot, but it's not in the gen - tle - man's code,

            A7  Em7     A7       C  Em7 Edim Am7  G
So, make it one for my baby and one more for the road.


 Am7         C9          Am7                 D9
You'd never know it but buddy, I'm a kind of poet,

       G           GM7        G7
And I got a lot of things to say;

Am7           C9         C     C/B   Am7
And when I'm gloomy, you gotta listen to me

E7        Em7         A7
Till it's all talked away.

      G           Dm6
Well that's how it goes, 

     G                  Dm6     Am7   G             Dm6   G  Dm6
And Joe, I know you're gettin' pretty anx -ious to close;

     D             Dm6
So, thanks for the cheer, 

     G               Dm6  Am7 G           Dm6  G  GM7  G7
I hope you did - n't mind my bendin' your ear.

      C            C9    Am7     G/B    Am7    G    Am7 Edim   E7
This torch that I found must be drowned or it soon might ex - plode,

            A7  Em7     A7       C  Em7 Edim Am7  E7   F7  E7
So, make it one for my baby and one more for the road,

     A7   Edim  Am7   G#7   G   Am7  A7  D9 Am7 G
That long,     long        road.

This is one I've wanted to do for a long time -- and had, in fact, tried to do before, but unsuccessfully. Then a certain friend of mine, of Canadian extraction, threw down the gauntlet . I'm glad he did. I must admit, I no longer play it the way this chart suggests -- I've developed an expanded version I really enjoy playing -- but this one is truer to the original that people would be familiar with, so it's the one I'm posting. If you are looking for a more exact replication of Sinatra's original, you would need to modulate to the key of F# at the end of the first verse. I don't. I play it as you see it here, and nobody seems to object.

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.