If I Ruled the WorldWords & Music by Leslie Bricusse & Cyril Ornadel
Recorded by Tony Bennett, 1963
Dm7 CM7 CM7/6 CM7 If I ruled the world, Gm7 C7 Bm7-5 E7/9 Ev'ry day would be the first day of spring, Bm7/5 E7/9 Am Am+7 Am7 Ev'ry heart would have a new song to sing, Am6 Em7 Cdim Dm7 G7 And we'd sing of the joy ev'ry morning would bring. Dm7 CM7 CM7/6 CM7 If I ruled the world, Gm7 C7 Bm7-5 E7/9 Ev'ry man would be as free as a bird, Bm7/5 E7/9 Am Am+7 Am7 Ev'ry voice would be a voice to be heard - Am6 Em7 Cdim Dm7 E9 Take my word, we would treasure each day that occurred. Bridge: AM7 F#m Bm7 E7 My world would be a beautiful place, AM7 AM7/6 Dm7 G7 Where we would weave such wonderful dreams; CM7 Am7 Dm7 G7 My world would wear a smile on its face, Am Am+7 Am7 F#m7 Dm7 G7 Like the man in the moon when the moon beams. * Dm7 CM7 CM7/6 CM7 If I ruled the world, Gm7 C7 Bm7-5 E7/9 Ev'ry man would say the world was his friend, Bm7/5 E7/9 Am Am+7 Am7 There'd be happiness that no man could end; Am6 Em7 Em7-5 A7sus4 A7 No, my friend, not if I ruled the world. A7+5 Dm Dm+7 G7 Ev'ry head would be held up high, CM7 Cdim A7 There'd be sunshine in ev'ryone's sky, Dm7 FM7 Dm7 G7 CM7 If the day ever dawned when I ruled the world.
* Here's another case where I just got used to singing it wrong. Bennett actually sings "Like the man in the moon HAS when the moon beams."
Transposed from a chart provided to me by a recent visitor, who asked to be identified only as another friend of good music.