Pick Yourself UpWords & Music by Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
Recorded by Fred Astaire, 1936*
From the movie "Swing Time"
Em7 A7 DM7 Bm7 Nothing's impossible I have found, C#m7-5 F#7 Bm7-5 E7 For when my chin is on the ground, A7sus4 A7 F#m7 B7 Em7 A7 D I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again. Em7 A7 DM7 Bm7 Don't lose your confidence if you slip, C#m7-5 F#7 Bm7-5 E7 Be grateful for a pleasant trip, A7sus4 A7 F#m7 B7 Em7 A7 D And pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. Bridge: E A9 E G G/F# Em7 B7 E Work like a soul inspired 'til the battle of the day is won. G C G A E7 A A7 You may be sick and tired, but stick til the job is done! Em7 A7 DM7 Bm7 Will you remember the famous men C#m7-5 F#7 Bm7-5 E7 Who had to fall to rise again? A7sus4 A7 F#m7 B7 Em7 A7 D Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. Repeat Bridge: Em7 A7 DM7 Bm7 Will you remember the famous men C#m7-5 F#7 Bm7-5 E7 Who had to fall to rise again? A7sus4 A7 Em7 A7 Gdim B7 Cdim B7 So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, A7sus4 A7 Em7 A7 D Dust yourself off, start all over again.
*Suggested by recent visitor Sandy Cash.
Astaire's version had an intro verse I'm not showing here; in truth, this version probably owes more to Diana Krall's 1999 recording than it does to Astaire's, including minor lyric changes from the original. The bridge, in particular, is a synthesis of the two, with minor changes even then. All things considered, the attribution to Astaire is mainly due to the fact that his version is the first most people heard; but it was performed at such a frantic pace that I really don't enjoy trying to replicate it nearly as much as I do Krall's.