Words & Music by Dorcas Cochran & Lionel Newman
Recorded by Doris Day, 1949 (#2)*

D7 G  G/B Em Am7           D9     Am7   G     Bm7   
Again,       this couldn't happen a - gain

Am7           D9  Am7    G6        Edim
This is that once  in a lifetime

Am7         D7/9   Cm7-5   G    G/B   Em  Am7   D7
This is the thrill  di - vine

D7+5    G  G/B Em Am7         D9      Am7   G     Bm7
What's more,      this never happened be - fore

Am7            D9    Am7    G6        Edim
Though I have prayed for a lifetime

     Am7     C#m7-5        G    B7    Am7  (Cdim?)
That such as   you  would suddenly be mine


CM7     CM7/6       Cm7-5       D7       G   B7        Dm7     G7   
Mine to hold as I'm holding you now, and yet never so near;

CM7    CM7/6         Cm7-5         D7        Am7  Am7alt  
Mine to have when the now and the here disappear.

D9            Am7   D+
What matters, dear, for

 G  G/B Em Am7          D9    Am7   G     Bm7
When       this doesn't happen a - gain,

Am7             D9   Am7    G6        Edim
We'll have this mo - ment forever,

Am7 D9    Cdim   D7    G
But never, never a - gain.

This song was covered by numerous artists in 1949, and six other competing versions reached the charts: Gordon Jenkins #2); Mel Torme (#3); Vic Damone (#6); Tommy Dorsey (#6); Art Moony (#7); and Vera Lynn (#23).

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.