Whistling Away the DarkWords & Music by Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
Recorded by Henry Mancini, 1969
From the movie "Darling Lili"
Em B+ Em7 Em6 Often I think this sad, old world Em Am/F# B7 Is whis - tl - ing in the dark; B7 B7/6 Cdim B7 Just like a child, who, late from school, Cdim(III) B7 Em Walks bravely home through the park. Am Am7 (Am6) Em To keep their spir - its soaring, Am/F# B7 Em And keep the night at bay, Am Am7 Am7/G Am/F# Neither quite knowing which way they are going, B7 Am7 B7 They sing the shadows away. Em B+ Em7 Em6 Often I think my poor, old heart Em Am/F# B7 Has gi - ven up for good; B7 B7/6 Cdim B7 And then I see a brave new face, Cdim(III) B7 Em I glimpse some new neigh - bor - hood. Am Am7 (Am6) Em So walk me back home, my dar - ling, Am/F# B7 Em Tell me dreams really come true, Am Am/F# Em B+ B7 Am7 Em B+ Whistling, whistling, here in the dark with you, Am Am/F# Em B+ B7 Cdim Em Whistling, whistling, here in the dark with you.
There are a few songs that truly deserve the term "haunting melody." This, to me, is one of them. I first heard it years ago on a Mancini album, with full orchestra and chorus -- and I've never been able to get it out of my mind since. But for those many years, I always thought the title was "Whistling in the dark." It isn't. The title above is the correct one.