I've Got The World On A String

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 There are not enough superlatives to describe this evergreen. Introduced in 1932 by Aida Ward at Harlem's Cotton Club, this song has been recorded by such greats as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Cab Calloway. It was also featured in the 1950 film I'll Get By, starring June Haver, Glorai DeHaven, Harry James and Dennis Day. Lyrics by Ted Koehler and music by Harold Arlen.

 I found these piano chords online by Frank Sinatra and wanted to share them with you.

Frank Sinatra Version

             F6/A        D7
I've got the world on a string
  Gm7/F        Bbm7
Sitting on a rainbow
  FM7                     D7/F#   C#7/B
Got that string around my finger
  C7                              F      Edim7      
What a world, what a life, im in love.



             F6/A        D7
I've got a song that I sing
Gm/F           Bbm7
I can make the rain go
  FM7              D7/F#   C#7/B
Anytime I move my finger
  C7                              F
Lucky me, can't you see, I'm in love



                     A7
Life's a beautiful thing
                       F#mM7b5   D7
As long as I hold that string
                      G7/F   Gaug
I'd be a silly so and so
                        G7/F   C7
If I should ever let it go




             F6/A        D7
I've got the world on a string
  Gm/F         Bbm7
Sitting on a rainbow
  FM7                     D7/F#   C#7/B
Got that string around my finger
  C7                              F      Edim7      
What a world, what a life, im in love.



                     A7
Life's a beautiful thing
                       F#mM7b5   D7
As long as I hold that string
                      G7/F   Gaug
I'd be a silly so and so
                        G7/F   C7
If I should ever let it go



             F6/A        D7
I've got the world on a string
  Gm/F         Bbm7
Sitting on a rainbow
  FM7                     D7/F#   C#7/B
Got that string around my finger
  C7                              F      Edim7      
What a world, what a life, im in love.

Michael Buble Chord Arrangement

Intro: DM7 Bm G A

DM7    Bm       G         A
(Hey Michael come on & swing.
DM7    Bm      G        A
Looks like you got the world on a string.)

     DM7              Bm
I've got the world on a string
  G                   A
I'm sitting on a rainbow
   DM7     Bm   F#m        B   
Got that string around my finger
 G                   A                         DM7 Bm G A
What a world, what a life - I'm in love

   DM7            Bm
I've got a song that I sing
   G               A
And I can make the rain go
   DM7  Bm   F#m     B   
Any time I move my finger
 G                 A   
Lucky me, cant you see - I'm in love


                        Em     A      
Life's a wonderful thing
                             DM7    B
As long as I've got that string
                         Em       A
I'd be a silly so-and-so
         DM7                A A A 
If I should ever let you go


                 DM7              Bm            
I've got the world on a string
             G                A              
I'm sitting on the rainbow
    DM7    Bm           G            A
I've got that string around my finger
  Em                                 A
Oh, What a world, what a life - I'm in love

Instrumental:  DM7   Bm   G   A


                        Em     A      
Life's a wonderful thing
                             DM7    B
As long as I've got that string
                         Em       A
I'd be a silly so-and-so
                   B - -  C - - Dbbreak             
If I should ever let you go

                   EM7      D#m 
I've got the world on a string
      A             B
I'm sitting on a rainbow
EM7      D#m      A          B
I got that string around my finger
  F#m                   B 
What a world, what a life
  F#m                 B
Oh, what a world, what life
  F#m                       B
What a world, what life, cause I'm in love
EM7         D#m       G   A
(He's in love, he's in love)
I'm in love
EM7     D#m           G    A
(Got the world on a string)
And what a wonderful thing

EM7     D#m     G      A
(Alright)
When you get the world on a string
(Uh huh)



In one of my Jazz folders I have an arrangement by Stuart Isacoff 
to "I've Got the World On A String" in the Key of F. It has a 4/4 time signature 
with a moderate swing.
 
Here's the Intro: 

 
F
 

Cm
 

D
 

Gm7
 

Bbm/Db
 

F
 

Bdim
 

Abm
 

Gm7
 

C7
 

F
 

Abm = AbCb/EbAb
 

Gm9 = GBb/DF
 

C13 = CBb/EA
 
 F        D7
I've got the world on a string
  Gm7        Bbm
Sitting on a rainbow
  F             E7 Eb7 D9 Db9   
Got that string around my finger
  Gm7    C     Ddim   C7         F      C7      
What a world, what a life, im in love.



             F6/A        D7
I've got a song that I sing
Gm7           Bbm
I can make the rain go
  F        E7  Eb7 D9  Db9
Anytime I move my finger
  Gm7  C7 Ddim      C7       F    Db7 
Lucky me, can't you see, I'm in love



F                     A9
Life's a beautiful thing
                          D7
As long as I hold that string
                      G7/F   Gaug
I'd be a silly so and so
                        Eb7 D7 Db7   C7
If I should ever let it go




             F        D7
I've got the world on a string
  Gm7         Bbm
Sitting on a rainbow
  F              A7     D9  G7 G7+5
Got that string around my finger
  Gm7                       C7       F      Db7  F     
What a world, what a life, I'm in love.


For the ending, you'll want to play:
 
FCA/F
 
DbF/CbAb
 
CF/CEA 

It's such a cool song to play with all the dotted quarter notes followed by 
the quick eighth notes. Oh, and you'll want to play this chord as,
 
G7+5 = FB/AbEb
 
Just in case you're not familiar with this all-time standard, have a look.
 
 
 
 
Happy Halloween, have a safe one!
 





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