I'll Remember April

Words & Music by Don Raye, Gene DePaul & Pat Johnson
Recorded by Julie London, 1956

D           D6                DM7   D6
This lovely day will lengthen into ev'ning,

Dm7             Dm6              Dm7       Dm6
We'll sigh good-bye to all we've ever had.

 Gm          A7               C9       B9
Alone, where we have walked together,

B7     Em7         A7-9        DM7   D6
I'll remember April    and be glad.


     Gm7       C7              FM7     Dm7   
I'll be content   you loved me once in April;

     Gm7            C7              FM7              Dm7
Your lips were warm   and love and spring were new;

              Em7     A7              DM7      D6
But I'm not afraid of Autumn and her sorrow,

          C#m7-5  F#7            B7 Em7  A7
For I'll remember     April and you.

     D          D6            DM7     D6
The fire will dwindle in the glowing ashes,

Dm7             Dm6              Dm7        Dm6
For flames and love live such a little while;

Gm          A7         C9       B9
I won't forget, but I won't be lonely --

B7     Em7         A7-9          DM7   D6
I'll remember April,    and I'll smile.

This arrangement probably doesn't deserve to be here...although the song itself certainly does. I've listened to several different ones lately -- from the overly-complicated Four Aces version to a Joni James take that did no service either to her or to the song, and a number of others as well -- and all I can say is, this songs resists being captured by any single version. I've synthesized several versions to derive this one; if you listen to a few, you can probably take it other directions as well.

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.