Sweet LorraineWords & Music by Mitchell Parish & Cliff Burwell, 1928
Recorded by Nat 'King' Cole, 1940
D G Dm6 E7 A7 D9 Em C7 B7 I've just found joy; I'm as happy as a baby boy Bm7-5 E7 A7 D7 With another brand new choo-choo toy Am7 D7 Bm7 E7 Am7 D7 When I'm with my sweet Lorraine. G Dm6 E7 A7 D9 Em C7 B7 A pair of eyes that are bluer than the summer skies; Bm7-5 E7 A7 D7 When you see them you will re - al - ize Am7 D7 G G/A G/B Why I love my sweet Lorraine. Bridge: C E7 Am C7 When it's raining I don't miss the sun, F E7 Am C7 For it's in my sweetie's smile. F E7 Am7 D7 Just to think that I'm the lucky one F E7 A7-5 Who will lead her down the aisle. D7 G Dm6 E7 A7 D9 Em C7 B7 Each night I pray that nobody steals her heart away, Bm7-5 E7 A7 D7 Just can't wait until that hap - py day Am7 D7 G Am7 G - D9 G When I marry sweet Lorraine.
One published source I have seen states that this song -- among the earliest of many huge hits for Cole -- only got performed because a rather insistent drunk demanded that Cole's trio play it one night at a Los Angeles club. The response was so strong that it influenced Cole to change his style; up until then, he had been almost exclusively a non-singing pianist.
I want to thank my cyber-friend Tony C. for putting me on to this song...I had overlooked it for years. Thanks, too, to Bill for identifying the full names of the authors for me.