They Say it's SpringWords & Music by Marty Clark & Bob Haymes
Recorded by Blossom Dearie, 1957
Intro Verse: G Cdim C Edim G When I was young I lived in a world of dreams G Cdim C Edim G Of moods and myths and il - lu - sion - ar - y schemes Em B7 Though now I'm much more grown up Em B7 I fear that I must own up D9 A7 To the fact that I'm in doubt of D9 Am7 D7/9 What the modern cynics shout of. G G/E Am7 D7 G G/E Am7 Cdim D7 They say it's spring, this feeling light as a feather; Em Gdim B7 Em Gdim B7 They say this thing, this magic we share together Am Em C Cdim Came with the weather, too. G G/E Am7 D7 G G/E Am7 Cdim D7 They say it's May that's made me daft as a daisy; Em Gdim B7 B7/F# Em Gdim It's May, they say, that gave the whole world B7 Am Em C Cdim This crazy, heavenly, hazy hue. Bridge: F#7 B7 I'm a lark on the wing F#7 Gdim F#7 I'm the spark of a firefly's fling Fdim C Am Edim G E7 Yet to me, this must be C C/B Am7 Am7/G B7 Cdim D7 Something more than a sea - son - al thing. G G/E Am7 D7 G G/E Am7 Cdim D7 Could it be spring, those bells that I can hear ringing? Em Gdim B7 B7/F# Em Gdim B7 It may be spring, but when the robins stop singing Cdim Em B7 You're what I'm clinging to Edim G G/E Am7 Cdim G G-Fdim C-Cdim G-G/B Am7-Cdim Though they say it's spring, it's you. G G/E Am7 D7 G G/E Am7 Cdim D7 If poets sing, that when a heart's sym - pa - thet - ic Em Gdim B7 B7/F# Em Gdim B7 It's merely spring, then poets plights are pa - thet - ic Am Em C Cdim Though I'm poetic too, G G/E Am7 D7 G G/E Am7 Cdim D7 They say it's spring -- for lovers, there's where the lure is, Em Gdim B7 B7/F# Em Gdim B7 That evil thing for which Sep - tem - ber the cure is, Am Em C Cdim This they are sure is true; Bridge 2: F#7 B7 Though I know that it's so F#7 Gdim F#7 That my fancy may turn in the spring, Fdim C Am Edim G E7 With the right one in sight C C/B Am7 Am7/G B7 Cdim D7 One can find a per - pet - u - al thing. G G/E Am7 D7 G G/E Am7 Cdim D7 Did I need spring to bring the ring that you bought me? Em Gdim B7 B7/F# Em Gdim B7 Thought it was spring that marvelous day that you caught me, Cdim Em B7 Darling, I thought we knew, Edim G G/E Am7 Cdim G G-Fdim C-Cdim G-G/B Am7-Cdim G6 That it wasn't spring, 'twas you.
*Requested by recent visitor Roger Marchese, who also provided a lyric transcription.
Blossom Dearie (and yes, that is her real name) has such a little girl voice and unpretentious delivery that you begin listening to her music with the feeling that you're being set up for a punchline at some point -- but the punchline never comes. I found this song growing on me very quickly, and have sought out a number of her other recordings since hearing this one.