Can't Help Lovin' Dat ManWords & Music by Oscar Hamerstein II & Jerome Kern
Recorded by Billie Holiday, 1937*
Intro Verse: D D7 E7 AM7 D Oh, listen, sister, I love my Mister man; DM7 D D+ I can't tell yo' why G Gm D Dere ain't no reason why I should love dat man A7 AM7 A7 D It must be sumpin' dat de angels done plan D D7 E7 AM7 D De chimhley's smokin', de roof is leakin' in, DM7 D7 But he don't seem to care; G Gm D He can be happy with jes' a sip of gin. A7 AM7 A7 D I even loves him when his kisses got gin. Melody: D Bm7 Em7 F#m A7 Fish got to swim and birds got to fly, D Bm7 G Gm I got to love one man till I die, D Bm Bb7 A7 D GM7 G6 Can't help lovin' dat man of mine. D Bm7 Em7 F#m A7 Tell me he's lazy, tell me he's slow, D Bm7 G Gm Tell me I'm crazy -- maybe, I know. D Bm Bb7 A7 D G D G D Can't help lovin' dat man of mine. Bridge: G6 Fdim D E7 When he goes away, dat's a rainy day, D Fdim A7 G/B A7 G6 A7 And when he comes back, dat day is fine, the sun will shine. D Bm Em7 A7 He can come home as late as can be; D Bm G Gm Home without him ain't no home to me D Bm Bb7 A7 D E7 Gdim D Can't help lovin' dat man of mine.
This arrangement and transcription courtesy of Adolfo Aladro. I have transposed it from his original Eb version to D. I have somewhat arbritrarily assigned recording credit to Billie Holliday, but I don't know whose version Aladro actually used as the basis for his arrangement. The exact date for Holiday's recording may be 1937 or 1938.