Learn Can't We Be friends?


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 The 1929 musical revue "The Little Show" was the showcase for this song. Since that time it has been welcomed into the world of jazz as a classic and recorded by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra and Frank Sinatra. ASCAP rated this song among the top hits of 1929.

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"Can't We Be Friends?" (Chords and Lyrics)

Music by Kay Swift
Words by Paul James

Key: Ab
Time: 4/4 Andantino

Fm                    Fm/Ab        G7 G7-5  G7
I took each word he said as gospel truth,
C7                             Db/F  C7
The way a silly little child would.
Fm           Fm/Ab            G7       G7-5  G7
I can't excuse it on the grounds of youth,
C7                             Fm Bb Fm
I was no babe in the wild wood.
Bbm         Fm/Ab
He didn't mean it,
G7-5              Fm
I should have seen it,
E6/C  C7+5  F  C/E  Ab7/Eb
Now it's too late!


Key of F (modulation)

G7/D  G7                        C7               C9
I thought I'd found the man of my dreams.
F         Db7      Dm7/C           D/A Db7/Ab C7/G

Now it seems, this is how the story ends:
C7     Dm       G9        C7
He's going to turn me down and say,
F            Bb7    F     Dm  Dm7/C
Can't we be friends?

G9   G7                    C7
I thought for once it couldn't go wrong.
F         Db7 Dm7/C           Dm/A    Db7/Ab C7/G
Not for long! I can see the way this ends:
C7  Dm        G9        C7
He's goin' to turn me down and say,
F           Bb7   F      Dm  F7
Can't we be friends?

Bb7    C  Bb9
Never again!
Bb7               F
Through with love,
      Fdim7       F
Through with men! 
        F+    Fm6  Fm6              Eb           Cm/Eb Eb7  D+
They play their game without shame, and who's to blame?

D  D7  A7+5  D  Gb6/Db  D9/C

G7                            C7 
I thought I'd found a man I could trust.
F          Db7  Dm7/C            Dm/A Db7/Ab C7/G
What a bust! This is how the story ends:
C7   Dm       G9           C7
He's going to turn me down and say,
F           Bb7   F  F6  F
Can't we be friends?


Rainy Night In Georgia is a popular song from the 60s. I have posted the chord progressions to Tony Joe White's piece. Also, Billy Vera's At This Moment is from the best of the 80s music!

Two great resources you may want to have and use in your music library are Jazz 101 and Jazz 201.

All the best,

-- LadyD

"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

Mack The Knife: Lenny Dee

Mack The Knife: Lenny Dee l LadyDpiano


Mack The Knife

English words by Marc Blitzstein
Original German words by Bert Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill

Key: C Major, Modulates to Eb
Time: 4/4 Brightly

Lenny Dee has written an arrangement that is real nice. You can read more about him, here.

Mack The Knife Lyrics


Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear,
And he shows them pearly white;
Just a jack-knife has Macheath, dear,
And he keeps it out of sight!

When the shark bites with his teeth, dear,
Scarlet billows start to spread;
Fancy gloves, though, wears Macheath, dear,
So there's not a trace of red!

On the sidewalk Sunday morning
Lies a body oozing life;
Someone sneaking 'round the corner;
Is the someone Mack the Knife?

From a tugboat by the river,
A cement bag's dropping down;
The cement's just for the weight, dear;
Bet ya Mackie's back in town!

Louie Miller disappeared, dear,
After drawing out his cash,
And Macheath spends like a sailor;
Did our boy do something rash?

Suky Tawdry, Jenny Diver,
Polly Peachum, Lucy Brown;
Oh, the line forms on the right, dears,
Now that Mackie's back in town!

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear,
And he shows them pearly white;
Just a jack-knife has Macheath, dear,
And he keeps it out of sight!

Just a jack-knife has Macheath, dear,
And he keeps it out of sight!

Here's Lisa Stansfield singing Mac The Knife on YouTube. So many artists like, Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong has done this song. Do you have a favorite song from this era?



Mack The Knife Chords

C6 = GACE/A
G7 = GBDF/A
C = GCE/B
Ebdim = GbACEB
Dm7 = FACD/D
G7 = GBDF/B
C6 = GACE/A

repeat

G9 = FABE/E
C = GCE/C
B7 = F#ABD#/B
Bb7 = FAbBbD/Bb

modulation

Eb6 = GBbCEb/Eb
Edim = EGBbDb/C#EGC
Bb7 = FAbBbD/DFAbC
Bbaug = F#BbD/DF#AbC
Eb6 = GBbCEb/EbGBbC
Cm = GCEb/F
F#dim = F#ACEb/C
Fm = FAbC/F
Bb7 = FAbBbD/D
Eb6 = GBbCEb/C
Bb7 = FAbBbD/DFAbCEb
Bbaug = F#BbD/Ab
Eb = GBbEb/G
F#dim = F#ACEb/C
Fm = FAbC/F
E7 = EG#BD/AbCbDG
Eb = GBbEb/Eb
Eb7 = G/GBbD
Ab = Ab/EbAbC
Cb = A/EbGbBb
Bb7 = Bb/FAbBb
Eb6 = GBbCEb/GBbCEb


Enjoy playing this famous song. It has a glissando in it, along with triplets in the melody line.

Have fun jamming along with this software product from HearandPlay, Backpocket Band.

All the best,

-- LadyD

"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey
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