Fred E. Ahlert: I'll Get By

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Fred Ahlert was one of the most talented and most prolific composers of the century. Roy Turk one of the truly great lyricists. Published in 1928, this evergreen enjoyed sheet music sales and record sales of over a million copies each. It was revived in 1944 with a #1 recording by the Harry James orchestra with Dick Haymes on vocal, and in 1961 vocalist Shirley Bassey had a successful recording. It was included in a half dozen films from 1930 to 1957. Are you familiar with the song?

Chord Chart

I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

Words & Music by Roy Turk & Fred Ahlert
Recorded by Kay Starr, 1944


C6   Ddim   C6   G7-9  D6     Bm7  E7      E7+5   Dm
I'll get    by    as  long  as  I         have you;

Edim  Dm7       Am7   D9
Though there be rain      

Bm G7sus4         G7
And  dark - ness, too,

Ebdim  G7           G9
I'll not complain,

G7   G7+5  C   Em6    C#dim   Dm7   G9
I'll see it through.


C6   Ddim  C6 G7   C       Bm7          E7+5   Dm  
Pov - er - ty may come to  me          that's true;

A7-0  Dm7      E7+5 E7 
But  what care I?

E7-9  Am      Em7  A9
Say,  I'll get by


First Time:

A7+5 Dm7       G7-9   C6    Am7     Dm7       G7
As  long as I     have you.


Last Time:

A7+5 Dm7       G7-9   C6    Abmaj7   Ab6  Db9 C9/6
As  long as I     have you.

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I'll Get By

Words & Music by Roy Turk & Fred Ahlert
Recorded by Kay Starr, 1944


D6   Gdim   D6   Gdim  D6     C#m7-5  F#7       Em    B+   Em7   Em6
I'll get    by    as  long  as  I         have you;

Cdim  Em7       Bm7-5   E9
Though there be rain      

C#m A7sus4         A7
And  dark - ness, too,

Fdim  A7           A9
I'll not complain,

A7   D       F#m6    Gdim   Em7   A9
I'll see it through.


D6   Fdim  D6 A7   D      C#m7-5  F#7          Em   B+  Em7  Em6
Pov - er - ty may come to  me          that's true;

Fdim  Em7      F#7 
But  what care I?

Cdim  Bm7     F#m7  G9
Say,  I'll get by


First Time:

A7+5 Em7       A7 Fdim  D6    (Bm7     Em7       A7)
As  long as I     have you.


Last Time:

A7+5 Em7       A7 Fdim  D6    D9   BM7   Gdim   D
As  long as I     have you.


 Have fun practicing this 1928 song!







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