High HopesWords & Music by Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded by Frank Sinatra, 1961
From the 1959 movie "Hole In The Head" (Academy Award Winner, Best Song)
Calt Gdim Next time you're found, with your chin on the ground, Dm7 G7 G6 G/B C There a lot to be learned, so look a - round. C Am7 Dm7 F Just what makes that little old ant Dm7 G7 C6 C Think he'll move that rubber tree plant? C C7 F Cdim G7 G6 G/B C Anyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant, C7 F Cdim C But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes, Am7 D7 Am7 D7 Am7 G He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes. Am7 G/B C C7 So an - y time your gettin' low, 'stead of lettin' go, F Dm7 Cdim Just remember that ant -- G D7 Dm7 G7 C Oops there goes another rubber tree plant. Calt Gdim When troubles call, and your back's to the wall, Dm7 G7 G6 G/B C There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall. C Am7 Dm7 F Once there was a silly old ram Dm7 G7 C6 C Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam; C C7 F Cdim G7 G6 G/B C No one could make that ram scram -- he kept buttin' that dam, C7 F Cdim C 'Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes, Am7 D7 Am7 D7 Am7 G He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes. Am7 G/B C C7 So an - y time your feelin' bad,'stead of feelin' sad, F Dm7 Cdim Just remember that ram -- G D7 Dm7 G7 C Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam. (Instrumental Interlude - First Five Lines of Verse) Am7 G/B C All prob - lems just a toy balloon; C7 F Dm7 Cdim They'll be bursted soon -- they're just bound to go pop. G D7 Dm7 G7 Oops there goes another problem ker - G D7 Dm7 G7 Oops there goes another problem ker - G D7 Dm7 G7 C G C Oops there goes another problem ker - plop, ker - plop?
Lyric pal Ron Hontz added this bit of information: Sinatra recorded this as a duet with child star Eddie Hodges, from Frank's 1959 film Hole in the Head, co-starring Edward G. Robinson and Eleanor Parker. Single credited to “Frank Sinatra & a Bunch of Kids."