Sweet Lorraine

Words & Music by Mitchell Parish & Cliff Burwell, 1928
Recorded by Nat 'King' Cole, 1940

D     G   Dm6   E7   A7        D9         Em    C7  B7
I've just found joy;    I'm as happy as a baby boy 

     Bm7-5             E7        A7    D7
With another brand new choo-choo toy

         Am7      D7       Bm7    E7   Am7    D7
When I'm with my sweet Lorraine.

   G   Dm6 E7   A7          D9              Em      C7  B7
A pair of eyes     that are bluer than the summer skies;

        Bm7-5              E7        A7    D7
When you see them you will re - al - ize

      Am7      D7       G      G/A  G/B
Why I love my sweet Lorraine.


C                 E7       Am      C7
When it's raining I don't miss the sun,

F              E7         Am    C7
For it's in my sweetie's smile.

F                  E7       Am7   D7
Just to think that I'm the lucky one

F                  E7      A7-5
Who will lead her down the aisle.

D7    G   Dm6 E7   A7        D9              Em      C7  B7
Each night I pray     that nobody steals her heart away,

           Bm7-5           E7        A7    D7
Just can't wait until that hap - py day

       Am7    D7       G    Am7   G - D9   G
When I marry sweet Lorraine.

One published source I have seen states that this song -- among the earliest of many huge hits for Cole -- only got performed because a rather insistent drunk demanded that Cole's trio play it one night at a Los Angeles club. The response was so strong that it influenced Cole to change his style; up until then, he had been almost exclusively a non-singing pianist.

I want to thank my cyber-friend Tony C. for putting me on to this song...I had overlooked it for years. Thanks, too, to Bill for identifying the full names of the authors for me.

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.