Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My BabyWords & Music by Billy Austin & Louis Jordan
Recorded by Louis Jordan*, 1944 (#2)
Am G7alt F7 E7 Am Fdim F7 E7 I got a gal that's always late, ev'ry time we have a date, DM7 Dm+7 E7 A AM7 F#7 But I love her, yes I love her, Am G7alt F7 E7 A C#m7-5 F#7 I'm gonna walk right up to her gate and see if I can get it straight, D9 E7 A F#7 'Cause I want her, I'm gonna ask her. A C#7 D D6 Is you is or is you ain't my baby? E7 Cdim E7 E7/6 A Edim Bm7-5 E7 The way you're actin' lately makes me doubt Dm6 Dm+7 E7 E7/6 A F#7 Yous is still my baby, baby -- Dm6 Bm7-5 E7/6 Fdim E7/6 A Seems my flame in your heart's done gone out. D Cdim B7 D9 Bm7-5 A A woman is a creature that has al - ways been strange; D Cdim Just when you're sure of one, B7 E7 You find she's gone and made a change. A C#7 D D6 Is you is or is you ain't my baby? E7 Cdim E7 E7/6 A AM7 F#7 Maybe baby's found somebody new, B7 Fdim E7 A Or is my baby still my baby true?
*I'm crediting Jordan here principly because he co-wrote and popularized the song, but I've listened to several versions -- notably Dinah Washington's from 1956 and Diana Krall's from 1994 -- and each have their advantages.