The House I Live In

Words & Music by Allen Lewis & Earl Robinson
Recorded by Frank Sinatra, 1945


A        F#m   Cdim E7 A   A7             
What is A-mer-i-ca  to me?    

  D      Cdim    AM7    C#m7-5
A name, a map, a flag I  see,
 
 D        Cdim     C#m7-5  F#7      
A certain word, "De-moc-ra-cy."   

D   F#m   Bm7  Bm7-5  E7
What is A-mer-i-ca to me?


    Fdim    AM7          D9      E7/6     AM7
The house I live in -- a plot of earth, a street,

     D9    E7/6    A       F#m        C      Am7     A
The grocer and the butcher,   all the people that I meet,

     D9      E7      A         F#m   D9    E7     F#m
The children in the playground,  the faces that I see;

    B7     Cdim    A          F#m     Bm7-5 E7/6   A
All races,  and  religions -- that's A-mer-i-ca to me.


    Fdim    AM7          D9    E7/6   AM7
The place I work in, the worker at my side

    D9     E7/6    A     F#m     C      Am7        A
The little town or city where my people lived and died

     D9     E7      A         F#m   D9     E7      F#m
The "howdy" and the handshake,  the air of feeling free

    B7       Cdim     A6    A  F#m      D9   E7/6   A
The right to speak my mind out that's A-mer-i-ca to me.

     D9      E     A          D9          E       A 
The things I see about me the big things and the small

    Em7     A7    D                 Em7     A7     D
The little corner newsstand and the house a mile tall;

     C#7            F#m             C#7               F#m
The wedding and the churchyard, the laughter and the tears,

      E                    B7            E      Edim     E7 
The dream that's been a growin' for two-hundred thirty years.*


    Fdim   AM7          D9          E7/6        AM7
The town I live in, the street, the house, the room,

      D9     E7/6   A     F#m   C     Am7     A
The pavement of the city, or a garden all in bloom,

      D9         E7         A               D9        E7     F#m
The church, the school, the club house, the million lights I see,

      D9   Fdim     A        F#m     D9    E7  Fdim F#m
But especially the people -- that's A-mer-i-ca  to  me.

  D9   Fdim     A        F#m      D9   E7 Bm7-5 D9   Dm6   A
Especially the people -- that's A-mt-i-ca  to   me --.



* Yes, I know -- Sinatra didn't sing "two-hundred third years" in his version in 1945. But since it's 2006 as I post this, it seems appropriate.


 
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