Thanks For the MemoryWords & Music by Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger
Recorded by The Shep Fields Orchestra, Bob Hope vocal, 1937
From the 1938 film "Big Broadcast of 1938" (Academy Award winner)
E7/6 Fdim A6 F#m Thanks for the memory A Edim E7 Cdim Of candlelight and wine, castles on the Rhine E7 F#m7 Bm7-5 E7 The Parthenon and moments on the Hudson River Line D9 Dm6 Cdim E7 How lovely it was! E7/6 Fdim A6 F#m Thanks for the memory A Edim E7 Cdim Of rainy afternoons, swingy Harlem tunes E7 F#m7 Bm7-5 E7 And motor trips and burning lips and burning toast and prunes E7 D9 A How lovely it was! A AM7 D9 E7 Many's the time that we feasted A AM7 D9 E7 And many's the time that we fasted G Bm7 Am7 D7 Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted G G/F# E7 We did have fun and no harm done E7/6 Fdim A6 F#m And thanks for the memory A Edim E7 Cdim Of sunburns at the shore, nights in Singapore E7 F#m7 Bm7-5 E7 You might have been a headache but you never were a bore D9 Dm6 Cdim E7 So thank you so much. E7/6 Fdim A6 F#m Thanks for the memory A Edim E7 Cdim Of sentimental verse, nothing in my purse E7 F#m7 Bm7-5 E7 And chuckles when the preacher said "For better or for worse" D9 Dm6 Cdim E7 How lovely it was E7/6 Fdim A6 F#m Thanks for the memory A Edim E7 Cdim Of lingerie with lace, Pilsner by the case E7 F#m7 Bm7-5 E7 And how I jumped the day you trumped my one-and-only ace D9 E7 A How lovely it was! A AM7 D9 E7 We said goodbye with a highball A AM7 D9 E7 Then I got as "high" as a steeple G Bm7 Am7 D7 But we were intelligent people G G/F# E7 No tears, no fuss, Hooray! For us E7/6 Fdim A6 F#m So, thanks for the memory A Edim E7 Cdim And strictly entre-nous, darling how are you? E7 F#m7 Bm7-5 E7 And how are all the little dreams that never did come true? D Fdim A F#7 Aw'flly glad I met you, cheerio, and toodle-oo D9 E7 A And thank you so much.
*Introduced in the film "Big Broadcast Of 1938" by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, this song was adopted by Hope and used as his theme song until the end of his career. The lyrics shown reflect that earliest version; Hope routinely adapted them at the end of his television shows, so some may look unfamiliar now.