Cocktails For Two

Words & Music by Arthur Johnston & Sam Coslow
Recorded by Spike Jones, 1944

(E7)                    A6   Dm7-5   A6
In some secluded rendezvous

                       E7  Edim    E7
That overlooks the avenue

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With someone sharing a delightful chat 

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Of this and that and cocktails for two.

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As we enjoy a cigarette

                         E7    Edim   E7
To some exquisite chansonette

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Two hands are sure to slyly meet beneath

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A sur-vi-ette with cocktails for two.


                 A7   Edim      E7
My head may go reel - ing,    

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But my heart will be o-be-dient

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With intoxicating kisses for the prin-ci-pal in-gre-dient.

(E7)                   A6   Dm7-5 A6
Most any afternoon at five

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We'll be so glad to be alive

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Then maybe fortune will complete her plan

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That all began with cocktails for two.

Although forever after identified by the infamous send-up provided by Jones on his album "Dinner Music for People Who Aren't Very Hungry," the tune was originally written for the 1934 movie "Murder At the Vanities." Over-powered by the grandiose sets, the too-easy-going song sank into oblivion and was largely forgotten for twenty years until Jones and his City Slickers did their version.

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.