On A Little Street In SingaporeWords & Music by Peter De Rose & Billy Hill
Recorded by The Ames Brothers, 1960
A Em7 A Cdim Bm7-5 Fdim A Em7 A Edim On a lit - tle street in Sing - a - pore, E Edim E7 Bm7-5 Fdim E Edim E7 Fdim(III) We'd meet be - side a lo - tus - cov - ered door. A Em7 A Cdim Bm7-5 Fdim A Em7 A Edim A veil of moon - light on her lone - ly face, E Edim E7 Bm7-5 Fdim Bm7-5 E7/6 A How pale the hands that held me in em - brace. A7 Dalt D D9 My sails to - night are filled D DM7 D Dm7-5 C#m7-5 Gm7 With per - fume of Shal - i - mar, A Dalt D D9 D DM7 D E7 A7 With tem - ple bells to guide me to the shore. E Bm7-5 E7 Fdim A Em7 A And then I'll hold her in my arms, Cdim Bm7-5 Fdim A Em7 A Edim And love the way I loved be - fore, E Edim E7 Bm7-5 Fdim Bm7-5 E7/6 A On a lit - tle street in Sing - a - pore.
*You'd have to consider this song "obscure" by just about any definition of the term these days, but it did enjoy its share of popularity in the late 30s and early 40s. It was released by Frank Sinatra (twice, as a matter of face -- once under the name of the Harry James Orchestra, and again five years later under his own name) as well as by the orchestras of Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, among others. (Another oddity: the Dorsey version featured Bob Eberly on vocal, and the Miller version featured Ray Eberle -- which has to be one of very few cases where brothers had competing versions of the same song.) Though seldom heard now, the melodic structure is truly haunting.