So RareWords & Music by John Rufus Sharpe & Jerry Herst
Recorded by Jimmy Dorsey (1957)
Previously Recorded by Gus Arnheim (#2, 1937) and by Guy Lombardo (#3, 1937)
E7+ A(6) Cdim E9 E7-9 A6 So rare, you're like the fragrance of blossoms fair, C9 F6 E9 Cm7 F#7-9 Sweet as a breath of air, fresh with the morning dew. Bm7 E7-9 E7+ A(6) Cdim E9 E7-9 A6 Oh, you're so rare, you're like the sparkle of old champagne- C9 F6 E9 A6 D9 A6 Orchids in cellophane couldn't compare to you, to you. Bridge: A6 Bm7-5 E7 AM7 A6 You are perfection, you're my idea Bm7-5 E7 AM7 A6 Of angels singin' the "Ave Maria." G#m C#7 F# F#6 For you're an angel, I breathe and live you F#m7 B9 Bm7-5 E7 With every beat of the heart that I give you. E7-9 A(6) Cdim C9 E7-9 A6 So rare, this is a heaven on earth we share, C9 F6 E9 E9+ E7+ A6 Caring the way we care, ours is a love so rare. Repeat Bridge: Repeat last verse Coda: E9 E9+ E7+ A6 E9 E9+ E7+ A6 Ours is a love so rare, ours is a love so rare.
You get the feeling, listing to this song, that Dorsey's band is trying valiently to retain a toehold in a musical world that was turning increasingly to rock, in the hopes that the big band sound could survive. It didn't, however; this was just about the last of the big-band hits. The Dorsey version was, as I recall, strictly instrumental except for the bridge, so obviously this arrangement is a synthesis of numerous versions I've heard over the years.