I've Got A Gal In KalamazooWords & Music by Mack Gorden & Harry Warren
Recorded by Glenn Miller, 1942 (#1 for 8 weeks)
A D9 A D Bm7-5 A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H A D9 A D9 Bm7-5 A D9 A Edim I got a gal in Kal - a - ma - zoo E7 Bm7-5 Cdim E7 I don't wanna boast, but I know she's the toast Bm7-5 A D9 A Edim - E7 Of Kal - a - ma - zoo A D9 A D9 Bm7-5 A D9 A Edim Years have gone by, my my how she grew E7 Bm7-5 Cdim E7 I liked her looks when I carried her books Bm7-5 A D9 A G#7 In Kal - a - ma - zoo. Bridge: C#7 Gdim(IV) C#7 Gdim(IV) I'm gonna send a wire, hoppin' on a flyer, F#7 C#m7-5 F#7 Gdim That's leavin' today B7 Fdim(III) B7 Fdim(III) Am I dreamin'? I can hear her screamin' E7 D9 E7/6 Fdim E7/6 "Hiya, Mr. Jackson!" Ev - 'ry - thing's O - A D9 A D Bm7-5 K, A - L - A - M - A - Z - O A D9 A D9 Bm7-5 A D9 A Edim Oh, what a gal, a real pip - per - oo E7 Bm7-5 Cdim E7 I'll make my bid for that freckle-faced kid F#7 B7 Cdim E7/6 I'm hurryin' to -- I'm goin' to Mich - i - gan A A7 D9 Dm6 E7/6 D9 Bm7-5 A To see the sweet - est gal in Kal - a - ma - zoo.
*A word or two of explanation is called for here, because of the words themselves. I started with the dead-on transcription provided by my lyrics pal, Ron Hontz (who took great pains to duplicate the vocals on the recording as performed by Bill May and Tex Beneke and the backup vocals by Marion Hutton and The Modernaires.) But I have opted to simplify them here, because when I hear this song performed now (however rarely that might be) in piano bars, it seems as if no one knows -- or cares, in particular -- just how many "zoo's" there are supposed to be at the end of the verses. Ron counted 18 at the end of the last one, leading up to a one-word "Kalamazoo" tag at the end of the song. To me, it's one of those cases where I think the performer has the right to decide for him- or herself precisely how the vocal should go, rather than try to make sure that he or she sang all 18 and lose sleep over whether or not the correct number got included.