Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

Words & 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.

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.


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.

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.