The Last Time I Saw ParisWords & Music by Oscar Hammerstein II & Jerome Kern
Recorded by Tony Martin, 1941
D A7 D The last time I saw Paris, D Cdim A7 Her heart was warm and gay; Em7 A7 Gm A7 I heard the laughter of her heart Em7 A7 D In ev'ry street café. D A7 D The last time I saw Paris, D Cdim A7 Her trees were dressed for spring, Em7 A7 Gm A7 And lovers walked beneath those trees Em7 A7 D And birds found songs to sing. Bridge: Bm7-5 E7 Bm7-5 E7 Bm7-5 E7 A I dodged the same old taxi cabs that I had dodged for years; C#m7-5 F#7 B G#m Em7 Fdim A7 The chorus of their squeeky horns was music to my ears. D A7 D The last time I saw Paris, D Cdim A7 Her heart was warm and gay; Em7 A7 F#m Cdim No matter how they change her, Em7 Gdim D6 I'll remember her that way.
This song was written early in World War II at a time when the long-term uture of the city was very much in doubt; the wistful lyric acknowledges that the Paris the world had known might never again exist.