Opus One

Words & Music by Sy Oliver & Sid Garris
Recorded by The Mills Brothers, 1944

     D          D6       D           D6
I'm wrackin' my brain to think of a name

   Dm+7         Dm6     Dm+7      Dm6
To give to this tune so Perry can croon;

    Em7/9     A7        Em7        A7
And maybe ol' Bing will give it a fling,

    D             Fdim     Em7         A7
And that'll start everyone hummin' the thing.

    D         D6       D         D6
The melody's dumb  repeat and repeat 

    Dm+7       Dm6        Dm+7        Dm6
But if you can swing, it's got a good beat,

    Em7/9           A7        Em7           A7
And that's the main thing, to make with the feet,

       D           G         D
'Cause ev'ryone's swingin' today.


            F      Gm
So I call it Opus One  

     Bb       C7    F    Dm   Bb   C7
It's not for Sammy Kaye, hey, hey, hey.

 G               D7              G     Gdim
Opus One...it's got to swing not sway, maybe.

   D           D6         D         D6
If Mister Les Brown could make it renowned,

    Dm+7     Dm6       Dm+7        Dm6
And Ray Anthony could swing it for me,

        Em7/9   A7           Em7            A7
There's never a doubt you'll knock yourself out

    Em7          A7        D6
Whenever you can hear Opus One.

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