How Could You Believe Me*

Words & Music by Alan Jay Lerner & Burton Lane
Recorded by Fred Astaire, 1933


C         Am      C      Am     C       Am
How could you believe me when I said "I Love You"

         D7        Am7    D7   Am7     D7
When you know I've been a liar all my life?

     G7      Gdim  G7        Gdim      G7
I've had that reputation since I was a youth --

    C         C/B    Am7      Am7/G    D7   Dm7       G7
You must have been insane to think I'd ever tell the truth.

C         Am      C       Am     C        Am
How could you believe me when I said we'd marry,

         D7        Am7    D7           Am7     D7
When you know I'd rather die than that have a wife?

C              Bm7-5          E7
I know I said, "I'll make you mine,"

    Am        Am+7      Am7      Am6      Em  B7   G7
But who would know that you would go for that old line?

C         Am      C      Am     D7        
How could you believe me when I said "I Love You"

          C         Am    C       Fm                D7     
When you know I've been a liar, a good for nothing liar,

        C   Am  Dm7    G7   C
All my good for noth - in' life?



Bridge:

           F        C7         F                 C7       F
Girl:  You said I'd have ev'rything, a beautiful diamond ring,

   Bb             Bbm
A bungalow by the sea...

             F               D7
Boy:  You're really na´ve to ever believe

  Gm7             C7          F
A full-of-baloney phoney like me.


            C    Am      C        Am      C  Am
Girl: Say, how about the time you went to Indiana?

           D7    Am7     D7    Am7  D7
Boy: I was lyin', I was down in Alabam!

           G7      Gdim     G7          Gdim        G7
Girl: You said you had some bus'ness you had to complete.

          C    C/B   Am7     Am7/G D7        G7
Boy: What I was doin' I would be a cad to repeat.

      C     Am      C        Am       C          Am
Girl: How about the evenings you were with your mother?

           D7       Am7  D7     Am7    D7
Boy: I was rompin' with another honey lamb.

      C                  Bm7-5          E7
Girl: To think, you swore our love was real!

         Am    Am+7    Am7    Am6      Em B7  G7
Boy: But, Baby, let us not forget that I'm a heel!

C         Am      C      Am      D7
How could you believe me when I said I love you,

C         Am    C       Fm                D7     
When you know I've been a liar, a good for nothing liar,

        C   Am  Dm7    G7   C
All my good for noth - in' life?


           C        Am      C      Am     C         Am
Girl: And how could you believe me when I said, "I love you"

          D7        Am7    D7  Am7     D7
When you know I've been a liar all my life?

      G7     Gdim  G7        Gdim      G7
I've had that reputation since I was a youth --

     C         C/B   Am7     Am7/G     D7   Dm7       G7
You must have been insane to think I'd ever tell the truth.

     C        Am     C        Am     C        Am
And how could you believe me when I said we'd marry,

         D7        Am7    D7       Am7   D7
When you know I'd rather hang than be a wife?

C              Bm7-5          E7
I know I said, "I'll make you mine" --

     Am      Am+7      Am7       Am6       Em   B7   G7
But, honey, you're so young, and that's an old, old line.

C         Am      C      Am     D7
How could you believe me when I said "I Love You"

C         Am    C       Fm                D7     
When you know I've been a liar, a good for nothing liar,

        C   Am  Dm7    G7   C
All my good for noth - in' life?


*Okay, many "inaccuracies" here. First, the full title is "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life." Second, my second part here has little or nothing to do with the original -- it's a parody I've heard performed for many years by a fellow piano bar fan, but I like it so much that I think it deserves inclusion.


 
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