Sophisticated Lady

Words & Music by Mitchell Parish, Duke Ellington & Irving Mills
Recorded by Linda Ronstadt, 1984

Fdim Em            C7    B7 Bb7  A7          D
They say into your ear - ly life ro - mance came,

    A7        D7  C#7  C7    B7       E7 
And in this heart of yours burned a flame,

              A6    A   A6   A   A7  D   Cdim     A7
A flame that flick-ered one day and died      a - way.

Em                    C7    B7  Bb7  A7        D
Then, with dis - il - lu - sion deep in your eyes,

    A7            D7  C#7  C7   B7        E7
You learned that fools in love soon grow wise.

                 A6    A   A6      A    A7 D            F#m  G#  
The years have changed you some - how.  I see you now...


C#7            Bbm
Smo - king and drink - ing, 

F#        G#7                C#7       Fdm(III) F#           F#m  G#
Nev - er think - ing of to - mor - row,         non - chal - ant,

C#7            Bbm
Dia - monds shi - ning, 

Gdim        G#7                 C# Fdim  F#m
Danc - ing, di - ning with some man in a res - tau - rant.

   A7            G7
Is that all you real - ly want?

Em                   C7   B7  Bb7  A7        
No, Soph - is - ti - ca - ted La - dy,

   D    A7               D7  C#7  C7   B7      E7
I know     you miss the love you lost long a - go,

              A7+5        A7        D
And when no - bod - y is nigh, you cry,

     Em7 G/B DM7
You cry, you cry.

Ronstadt's rendition may not be the best-known, or most popular version of this song to have appeared over the years -- Ellington himself recorded it and re-released it numerous times -- but Ronstadt's 1984 recording of this song, and the album in which it appeared, have been favorites of mine for years.

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.