'Tis Autumn

Words & Music by Henry Nemo, 1941
Recorded by Nat 'King' Cole, 1949

    D            D6         Dm+7          Dm6
Old Father time checked, so there'd be no doubt;

 AM7           F#m       C#m7-5        F#7
Called on the North wind   to  come on out,

  A              E         D9        B7
Then cupped his hands so proudly to shout,

 D9             E7              D9         A
"La-di-dah  di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn!"

  D               D6            Dm+7            Dm6
Trees say they're tired, they've born too much fruit;

 AM7           F#m     C#m7-5         F#7
Charmed on the wayside, there's no dispute.

A              E          D9           B7
Now shedding leaves, they don't give a hoot --

D9             E7              D9         A
La-di-dah  di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn!


         Em7           A7      G/B               A7
Then the birds got together to chirp about the weather

D alt  G/B   A7     D6
Mmmm - mmm - mmm - mmm.

      F#m7           B7          F#m7          B7
After makin' their decision, in birdie-like precision,

E7       F3m             B7              E7
Turned about, and made a beeline to the south.

    D           D6         Dm+7    Dm6
My holding you close really is no crime --

        AM7           F#m     C#m7-5       F#7
Ask the birds and the trees and old Father Time.

      A       E        D9      B7
It's just to help the mercury climb.

D9             E7              D9         A
La-di-dah  di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn.

(Instrumental Interlude - first 2 lines of verse)

A       E        D9      B7
It's just to help the mercury climb.

D9             E7              F7    A
La-di-dah  di-dah-di-dum, 'tis au - tumn.

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