When I Lost YouWords & Music by Irving Berlin, 1912
Recorded by The Mills Brothers,1948
A A9 A F#m G#7 I lost the sun - shine and ro - ses, E E7sus4 E7 D9 A I lost the hea - vens of blue, F#7 Gdim F#7 D9 Bm I lost the beau - ti - ful rain - bow, B7 Cdim B7 E7 I lost the morn - ing dew; A A9 A F#m G#7 I lost the angel who gave me E E7sus4 E7 D9 A G#7 Sum - mer the whole win - ter through, F#7 Gdim F#7 B7 I lost the glad - ness that turned into sad - ness Edim D E7/6 A When I lost you.
This song has a history every bit as poignant as Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven."
In 1912, Irving Berlin married 20-year-old Dorothy Goetz -- but the union was doomed. Dorothy caught typhoid fever, probably on their honeymoon, and became bedridden. Barely five months after the wedding, she passed away. Berlin poured his grief into a song that many feel was his most personal ever.
Suggested by frequent visitor Joe Burke.