I'm Confessin'Words & Music by Al Neiburg, Doc Dougherty & Ellis Reynolds*
Recorded by Guy Lombardo, 1930 (#2)**
D A7+5 A7 DM7 D6 I'm confessin' that I love you, D A7+5 Am7 B7 Tell me, do you love me too? G G9 A9 A7 D Cdim I'm confessin' that I need you, honest I do -- Em7 A7 A7+5 Need you ev'ry mo - ment. D A7+5 A7 DM7 D6 In your eyes I read such strange things, D A7+5 Am7 B7 But your lips deny they're true; G G9 A9 A7 Gdim D G D DM7 Will your answer really change things making me blue? Bridge: D7 Am7 D9 D7 I'm afraid someday you'll leave me, G D+5 G6 G D7 Fdim Saying, "Can't we still be friends?" E7 E7/9 E7 If you go, you know you'll grieve me; A9 Em7 Edim A9 Gdim All in life on you de - pends. D A7+5 A7 DM7 D6 Am I guessing that you love me, D A7+5 Am7 B7 Dreaming dreams of you in vain? G Em7 A9 A7 D G Gm - Edim D6 I'm confessin' that I love you over again.
* A recent visitor alerted me to comments made by urban blues musician Lonnie Johnson on the Folkways records 1982 release of two vinyl LPs of Johnson's 1967 recordings with Moses Asch, all of which were re-released on CD by SmithsonianFolkways in 1993. On those recordings, Johnson claims that Rudy Vallee "stole" this song from a song of Johnson's called "Looking For A Sweetie" when Johnson was working with the Chick Webb orchestra in the 1930s. Johnson acknowledged the song had not been copyrighted at that point, however, and the lyrics Vallee used "wasn't the right lyrics" according to Johnson.
**Lombardo's rendition just barely beat out the Rudy Vallee version(#4) for popularity honors that year. The song was revived by Willie Nelson in 1981.