Words & Music by Dick Manning & F.D. Marchetti, 1932*
Recorded by Jane Morgan, 1957 (#7)

Dm7    G7     C   CM7   C  CM7   Cm7/6
It was fas-ci-na-- tion, I know,

Dm7     G7         C           Cdim         Dm     A7
And it might have ended right there at the start -- 

                Dm      Dm+7               Dm7      Dm6                                     
Just a passing glance,      just a brief romance, 

                   Dm        Fm        Dm7  Dm7-5 G7
And I might have gone on my way empty-heart  -    ed. 

Dm7     G7    C   CM7   C  CM7   Cm7/6
It was fas-ci-na-- tion, I know, 

Dm7     G7   C            Cdim       Dm     A7
Seeing you alone with the moonlight above; 

Dm                  Dm+7          F         Dm7    G7
Then I touched your hand and next moment I kissed you --

Dm7    G7      Dm7    G7   C     (  Edim  Dm7    G7  )
Fas-ci-na-tion turned to love.

*According to recent visitor Mike Robertson, this song was composed in 1905 and the lyrics were originally in French, by Maurice De Feraudy. It is thus only Dick Manning's English lyric that comes from 1932 -- and I'm told by Mike that they don't even approximate the original French. (This wouldn't surprise me at all, based on my own limited understanding of songs originally popularized with Spanish lyrics, such as Besame Mucho, or other cases which have been brought to my attention by others.) MIke did provide me with a second "verse" of lyrics which, as he notes, may or may not even be Manning's, but which fit well and which flesh-out the song for those wishing to extend it:
"It was fascination, my dear,
I was in a paradise when you were near,
I was all aglow, more than you could know;
It was just a dream, now I see things more clearly;
It was fascination, that's true,
There I was en tranced by the starlight and you,
Then you turned a way, love, and oh, when you left me,
Fascination vanish'd, too."

Largely forgotten for 25 years after it was first popularized in America, this song was reborn when it was featured in the 1957 movie "Love In The Afternoon." Several recordings of it were made that year, including those by Dinah Shore (#15), Dick Jacobs (#17) and David Carroll (#56).

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.