Star Eyes

Words & Music by Don Raye & Gene De Paul
Recorded by Helen O'Connell with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, 1943
From the movie "I Dood It"*


||:  A9 - A - AM7 - A6/9  |   AM7    A6/9  :||

 A9   A    D9           A6/9             A9    A     A7/9
Star Eyes -- that's the way you make my eyes shine

                A7sus4    A7     A6/9  D9
When those those lips of yours caress mine.

D       Dm+7     Dm6    AM7    F#m
Just to have you by my side 

      Dm6   G6/9*       E7
Would leave  me starry-eyed.

A9   A    D9         A6/9           A9   A     A7/9
Star Eyes -- lonely eyes you put a dream in, 

         A7sus4     A7         A6/9  D9
Eyes that  on - ly you're su - preme in.

Bm7      Bm7-5      Dm6      AM7   F#m
Don't you know it's just for you 

      D      Dm6     AM7
They sparkle as they do.


 D9         Dm6   Em7   AM7    AM7/9
Though the stars aren't real, 

  Am7       D7/F#            E7
I know they show how much I care.

AM7     F#m     D9        AM7
Tell me how it makes you feel

   Dm6      Dm+7       E7
To know you put them there.

 A9   A    D9         A6/9             A9    A     A7/9
Star Eyes -- when, if ever, will your heart know

        A7sus4     A7        A6/9  D9
That it's you for whom these eyes glow?

Bm7      Bm7-5      Dm6      AM7
Makes no difference where you are,

   Am7  Am7/6 Am7       Am7/6      AM7
My eyes  will hold your wish - ing star.

    G7  F#7 Bm7    Bm7-5 Gdim  (AM7)
So kiss me     and wish   on a star.

Instrumental Coda:

(AM7)    Bm7    Bm7-5   E7    AM7

* Vincent Minnelli directed the film, and in later years acknowledged it as his worst. While that may or may not be true, I would class this song as a largely-undiscovered gem, of particular value to those who (like me) get a charge from an irregular chord progression.

* The G6/9 formation in the last line of the verse is played 000203.

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.