Words & Music by Carolyn Leigh & Cy Coleman
Recorded by Tony Bennett, 1960

G Am7 Bbm7 D   Am7  D9        Am7 D7
I call her firefly,    'cause, oh my, 

G  Gdim       Am7   G    G6
She ra - di - ates moon glow,

D7    Am7           D7   Am7
Wants none of that noon glow,

G              Am7    Edim     Am7 Cdim  G
She starts to glitter when the sun goes down.

Gdim  D      Am7  D9     Em7   D7
By   eight p.m.,    it's may - hem;

G    Am7          G      G6
She switches the brights up, 

E7    Bm7-5   A7         
Lights up and gives me a call,

Gdim   G              A7   D7   G
"Hey, take me to the fireflies ball."


    F#m7    B7            F#7
But when I get her there, set her there,

B7          F#7           E7     Bm7-5        E7
Do I get to pet her there    and grab me some glow?

   Bm7-5    A7         E7        A7           E7      
No, she's a gad-about, mad about lurin' ev'ry lad about

D7    Am7        D7       G6
While leavin' me moanin' low.

Edim  D7 Am7  D7 Em7 Fdim  E7 G    Am7       G  G6
Oh   firefly,    why can't I latch on to you no how?

E7 Bm7-5   A7           Gdim
Oh  how I love you, but gee

G                 B7        Em    A7
While you set the night on fire, fly,

G              Gdim  Am7 G
Shine a little light on me.

Small point, but the Bbm7 in the opening line of this song doesn't need to be played as a fully-shaped chord to work -- just slide the Am7 down 1 fret.

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.