Manhattan Serenade

Words & Music by Harold Adamson & Louis Alter*
Recorded by Jo Stafford, 1943 (?) with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra**

D9    D           Bm7sus4 Bm7          Em7     A7  A7sus4 A7
That night in Man - hat - ten was the start of it

D9    D         Bm7sus4  Bm7        Em7     A7  A7sus4 A7
We lived it, and  we    loved ev'ry part of it.

G/E         A7(V)     DM7     Bm7
The glow of moonlight in the park, 

Em7              A     A7  D
The light that shined our ways,

Bm7                  F#m
The autumn moon that fanned the spark 

G            F7       A7
That set our hearts ablaze.

D9    D       Bm7sus4 Bm7              Em7      A7  A7sus4 A7
Our kiss was a  sky  ride through the highest stars --

D9  D           Bm7sus4 Bm7         Em7    A7  A7sus4 A7
We made it with - out  touching the handlebars.

D                  B7   D                    E7/6
And I gave you my love    through the melody of

     D         F#m        Bm7         A7          D
The music, the magic that made our Manhattan serenade.

* The music for this song was written in 1928 by Alter; it was used in the 30s as the theme song for the Easy Aces Radio showas an instrumental. The lyric by Adamson was not added until 1942.

**According to this is among Stafford's earliest solos with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. She had been singing with the Pied Pipers since the age of 17; she was the first female voice in the group, and she survived the cut when the group was trimmed to a quartet in 1939. She began a productive solo career in 1944.

Harry James also had a popular version of the song, which reached #9.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.