When It's Sleepy Time Down SouthWords & Music by Leon Rene, Otis Rene & Clarence Muse, 1930
Recorded by Mel Tormé, 1945
GM7 G6 Gm Gm7 Pale moon shining on the fields below, D DM7 E7 Bm9 Bb9 Folks are crooning songs soft and low, Em7 G/B A7sus4 A7+5 A7 G Needn't tell me so, be - cause I know Gm D It's sleepy time down south. GM7 G6 Gm Gm7 Softs winds blowing thru the pinewood trees, D DM7 E7 Bm9 Bb9 Folks down there live a life of ease; Em7 G/B A7sus4 A7+5 A7 G When the twilight brings the eve - ning breeze, Gm D It's sleepy time down south. Bridge: F# Bbm B C#7 Steamboats on the river, a-comin' and a-goin', C#7 F3 Splashing the night away F# Bbm B C#7 Hear those banjos ringing, the folks are alla-singin' -- B C#7 A7 They dance till break of day. GM7 G6 Gm Gm7 Dear old Southland, with its dreamy songs, D DM7 E7 Bm9 Bb9 Takes me back there where I belong; Em7 G/B A7sus4 A7+5 A7 G How I'd love to be moth - er's arms Gm D When it's sleepy time down south. Repeat Bridge: G GM7 G6 Gm9 Gm7 Dear old Southland, with its dreamy songs, Dalt D9 DM7 D6 E7 Bm9 Bb9 Takes me back where I belong; Em7 G/B A7sus4 A7+5 A7 G How I'd love to be moth - er's arms G Gm D Bm7 When it's sleepy time down south, Em7 G/B A7sus4 A7+5 D6 When it's sleep - y time down south.
*The lyrics here are not the ones Tormé uses in his recording. While I'm not often accused of being politically correct, I have to admit that the lyrics of the original 1930 version are racially offensive and demeaning, even to me. But the haunting, melodic beauty of Torme's version deserves inclusion, so here it is.