Polkadots and MoonbeamsWords & Music by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded by Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra vocal, 1940
D Em7 A7 D F#m G G/F# A7/6 A7 A coun - try dance was being held in a gar - den; D Em7 A7 D B7 G G/F# F#7 I felt a bump and heard an "Oh, beg your pardon." Bm Bm7 D D9alt D F#7 B7 Suddenly I saw pol - ka dots and moon - beams Em7 G A7 A7/9 D Fdim A7 A7+5 All a - round a pug-nosed dream. D Em7 A7 D F#m G G/F# A7/6 A7 The mu - sic started, and was I the per - plexed one; D Em7 A7 D B7 G G/F# F#7 I held my breath, and said "May I have the next one?" Bm Bm7 D D9alt D F#7 B7 In my frigh - tened arms pol - ka dots and moon - beams Em7 G A7 A7/9 D G#m7 C#7 Spar - kled on a pug-nosed dream. Bridge: F# Ebm7 G#m7 C#7 There were questions in the eyes of other dancers F# Ebm7 G#m7 C# As we floated over the floor; F# Ebm7 G#m7 C# There were questions, but my heart knew all the answers F# B7 Em7 A7 And perhaps a few things more. D Em7 A7 D F#m G G/F# A7/6 A7 Now in a cot - tage, built of li - lacs and laugh - ter, D Em7 A7 D B7 G G/F# F#7 I know the mean - ing of the words: "e - ver af - ter." Bm Bm7 D D9alt D F#7 B7 And I'll al - ways see pol - ka dots and moon - beams Em7 G A7 A7/9 D When I kiss my pug-nosed dream.
*Although unquestionably a big band specialty, this song has had its share of unusual versions, too, as have many of the songs on this site. One of the bigger surprises I encountered while listening to alternative recordings from which to transcribe this tune was hearing John Denver do a version on acoustic guitar. Not bad, either.
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