Too Late NowWords & Music by Alan Jay Lerner & Burton Lane, 1951
Recorded by The DeCastro Sisters, 1955
D9 F#m G A Too late now to forget your smile, D9 F#m Em7 A The way we cling when we've danced a while, D9 F#m E7/9 E7 G/B A7 Em7 D Bm7 Em7 A7 Too late now to forget and go on to some - one new. D9 F#m G A Too late now to forget your voice, D9 F#m Em7 A The way one word makes my heart rejoice, D9 F#m E7/9 E7 G/B A7 Em7 A7 Edim D Too late now to i - mag - ine my - self a - way from you. Bridge: D D9 F#7 Edim F#7 Bm All the things we've done to - geth - er, Em7 A7 Edim Bm I relive when we're apart; Bm7/E E7 G/B Am7 E7 D9 AM7 All the ten - der fun to - geth - er D9 Cdim Bm7-5 E A A7 Stays on in my heart. D9 F#m G A How could I ever close the door D9 F#m Em7 A And be the same as I was before, D9 F#m E7/9 E7 G/B A7 Em7 A7 Edim D Darling, no, no I can't an - y - more -- it's too late now.
*Requested by recent visitor Edwin Arita.
This song, in its several recorded versions, is one of the best examples I've seen of how an individual pop standard song can take on a variety of lives depending on how a performer chooses to present it. The DeCastro Sisters version I used as a basis for this chart is nearly on the extreme end of "swing" styling; it contrasts dramatically with the bluesy-jazzy versions recorded by such performers as Shirley Horne and Jane Monheit, both of which were performed at somewhere between half and two-thirds the tempo of The DeCastro Sisters' recording.