Monday Music Quote: Duke Ellington



                     "If you should take the word of others you've heard, I haven't a chance."


Ella Fitzgerald
Cover of Ella Fitzgerald

Wikipedia Says



"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" (also written as "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me") is a song with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. It originated as a 1940 instrumental ("Concerto for Cootie") that was designed to highlight the playing of Ellington's lead trumpeter, Cootie Williams. Russell's words were added later. In 1944, Ellington's own recording of the song, with featured vocals by Al Hibbler, was a number one hit R&B chart for eight non-consecutive weeks and number six on the pop chart.

"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" has since been performed by many famous vocalists, including Mose Allison, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Suzy Bogguss, Nat King Cole, Phil Collins, Harry Connick, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr. (on the 1965 album "When the Feeling Hits You!"), Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Dr. John, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Anita O'Day, Patti Page, Robert Palmer, Nina Simone, Andy Williams, Robbie Williams, Fiona Apple, and Al Hirt.

Duke Ellington
Cover of Duke Ellington
The song was included in this film, The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989, Duke Ellington Orchestra led by Mercer Ellington)

 Chords from www.allcountrytabs.com



E7           Am7               AM7      E7
  Do nothin' till you hear from me.

Em7        A7                 DM7   D6
  Pay no attention to what's said,

Dm7          G9                 AM7       F#7
  Why people tear the seams of anyone's dream

B7   E6        A6    D6    Fdim     E9
  Is o-ver my head.


E7           Am7                AM7      E7
  Do nothin' till you hear from me.

Em7           A7           DM7      D6
  At least consider our romance;

Dm7             G9               AM7            F#7
  If you should take the word of others you've heard

B7   E6         A6     D6     Fdim     E9
  I haven't a chance.


Bridge:

Gm7   C7       FM7   Gm7       C7
True I've been seen      with someone new,

    Gm7  C7   FM7       F7
But does that mean that I'm untrue?

             Dm7   AM7     C#m7-5        F#7
When we're apart the words in my hear

Bm7-5        B7         E7     B7    E7
Reveal how I feel about you.


E7           Am7                AM7      E7
  Some kiss may cloud my memory,

Em7          A7               DM7    D6
  And other arms may hold a thrill.

Dm7             G9               AM7         F#7
  But please do nothin' till you hear it from me

B7    E6         A6     D6   A6    B7    A6
  And you never will




Original Key of G with A-A-B-A Form



G           Gmaj7               G7
  Do nothin' till you hear from me.

Cmaj7       
  Pay no attention to what's said,

Cm                                            G           Am7
  Why people tear the seams of anyone's dream

D9              G  G#dim
  Is o-ver my head.


Am7          D9               G Gmaj7
  Do nothin' till you hear from me.

G7                              Cmaj7
  At least consider our romance;

Cm                                            G       Am7      D9
  If you should take the word of others you've heard

                  G Am7 G
  I haven't a chance.


Bridge:

Cm                  Eb  Ebmaj7   Eb          Ebmaj7
True I've been seen      with someone new,

  Cm     Eb       Ebmaj7  Eb  
But does that mean that I'm untrue?

  Eb9    Am7     D7   G                 E9
When we're apart the words in my heart

Gm                A7            D7
Reveal how I feel about you.


                                         G    Gmaj
  Some kiss may cloud my memory,

G7                                         Cmaj7
  And other arms may hold a thrill.

Cm                                         G                Am7
  But please do nothin' till you hear it from me

D9       G C  Cm G
  And you never will

Here's how I play the piano slash chords to the song. Of course, not in any order... Just giving you an idea of the inversions that I use.

G = G/DGB

G#dim = G#/BDF

Cmaj7 = C/EB

Cm = CGEb/C

Eb = Eb/EbGBb

E9 = E/G#DF#

Eb9 = Eb/GDbG

Am7 = A/EGD

Bb7 = Bb/AbD



Additional Resources:

Metaphors for the Musician
Duke Ellington in Person: An Intimate Memoir (A Da Capo paperback)
The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia
Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington


You may be interested in an audio resource,  Finding the key to any song

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