I'm Old FashonedWords & Music by Johnny Mercer & Jerome Kern
Recorded by Fred Astaire & Nan Wynn*, 1942
From the movie "You Were Never Lovelier"
Em7 Edim E Dm7 A I am not such a clever one about the latest fads; D6 F#m Cdim A9 A7/9 A7 I admit I was never one adored by local lads. D9 D6 Bm Bm7-5 A A9 F#m Not that I ever try to be saint; DM7 Fdim Cdim E7 A I'm the type that they classify as quaint. A F#m7 D9 Cdim Quaint that they mother you, quaint that they brother you, A A7/9 D Dm7 Must be another you, I like the other you. D F#m Em7 A7 D F#m Em7 A7 I'm old fashioned, I love the moonlight, Gdim D F#m Bm7 Em7 F#7 I love the old fashioned things; D9 Bm7-5 E7 D9 Bm7-5 E7 The sound of rain upon a window pane, G Gdim Cdim En7 G/B A7 The starry song that A - pril sings. Gdim F#m Em7 A7 DM7 F#m C#m7-5 F#7 This year's fancies are pass - ing fan - cies, G Am7 G/B C D Cdim Em7 A7 But sighing sighs, holding hands -- these my heart understands. D F#m Em7 A7 D F#m7 Em7 A7 I'm old fashioned, but I don't mind it; D F#m B7 Edim That's how I want to be, A7 D9 F#m7 E7/9 A7 D F#m Em7 A7 D As long as you agree to stay old fashioned with me.
*Studio president Harry Cohn insisted that Wynn dub vocals for Rita Hayworth, the female lead in the movie -- though I've yet to find any conslusive statement as to why he felt it necessary, because Hayworth had a decent-enough voice on her own. Astaire recorded the song a year later as a solo, omitting the intro and his lone, two-line response to Wynn/Hayworth's intro to the melody.
**Suggested by a recent visitor who declined to be identified.