So Rare

Words & Music by John Rufus Sharpe & Jerry Herst
Recorded by Jimmy Dorsey (1957)
Previously Recorded by Gus Arnheim (#2, 1937) and by Guy Lombardo (#3, 1937)

E7+ A(6)        Cdim      E9          E7-9      A6
So rare, you're like the fragrance of blossoms fair,

 C9                   F6    E9                   Cm7   F#7-9
Sweet as a breath of air, fresh with the morning dew.

Bm7  E7-9  E7+ A(6)        Cdim      E9        E7-9     A6

Oh, you're so rare, you're like the sparkle of old champagne-
  C9               F6           E9         A6  D9  A6

Orchids in cellophane couldn't compare to you, to you.


A6          Bm7-5    E7           AM7   A6
You are perfection,     you're my idea

           Bm7-5       E7     AM7    A6
Of angels singin' the "Ave Maria."

                G#m  C#7                 F#       F#6
For you're an angel,      I breathe and live you

            F#m7         B9         Bm7-5     E7
With every beat of the heart that I give you.

E7-9  A(6)    Cdim   C9        E7-9      A6
So  rare, this is a heaven on earth we share,

C9                  F6    E9       E9+ E7+  A6
Caring the way we care, ours is a love so rare.

Repeat Bridge: 

Repeat last verse


E9         E9+ E7+  A6   E9       E9+  E7+  A6
Ours is a love so rare, ours is a love so rare.

You get the feeling, listing to this song, that Dorsey's band is trying valiently to retain a toehold in a musical world that was turning increasingly to rock, in the hopes that the big band sound could survive. It didn't, however; this was just about the last of the big-band hits. The Dorsey version was, as I recall, strictly instrumental except for the bridge, so obviously this arrangement is a synthesis of numerous versions I've heard over the years.

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.