Ah! Sweet Mystery of LifeWords & Music by Rida Johnson Young & Victor Herber
Recorded by Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald, 1935
From "Naughty Marietta"
E7/6 E7 A9 A AM7 F#m A D9 Ah! sweet mys - te - ry of life, at last I've found thee; E7 E6 E Esus4 E9 D9 A Ah! At last I know the se - cret of it all; E7/6 E7 A9 A AM7 F#m E All the long - ing, seek - ing, stri - ving, wait - ing, yearn - ing, Edim B7 Edim B7 Bm7-5 E7 The i - dle hopes, the joys and burn - ing tears that fall! E7/6 E7 A9 A AM7 F#m D9 For 'tis love, and love a - lone, the world is seek - ing; E7 E6 E Esus4 E E9 E D9 A And it's love, and love a - lone, I've wait - ted for; A7 F# Gdim F#7 Edim D B7 And my heart has heard the ans - wer to it's call - ing -- Dm6 Fdim A F#m E7 E7/6 A For it is love that rules for ev - er - more!
Suggested by frequent visitor and contributor Bob A. (who probably would have preferred my using Mario Lanza's version.) But what the heck -- its presence here is a bit of an anomaly anyway. Hardly a "pop standard" (in fact, I'm still looking for evidence that it ever charted) it is nevertheless so well-known that it verges on becoming a caricature of itself.
The lyrics for this song, as I believe originally written, are not the ones that Eddy & MacDonald sing in their classic duet. There are minor changes and re-arrangements throughout, but in particular, the last two lines as sung are clearly different from the original. I'm using their duet version because I suspect it rings more clearly in the memory of those who remember it at all.