We’re Pals

We're PalsFrom the 1919 show Dere Mable, “We’re Pals” is an unconventional showtune since it is about a man and his affection for his dog. Though it never became a big hit, lyricist Irving Caesar said that after this song was performed in the show, “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

George Gershwin’s sheet music calls for the chorus to be played “Slow with great expression.” Since I record the songs into GarageBand which only allows a steady beat, I have a little trouble being very expressive. I changed the key from E flat to C for ease of play.

Download the fake-book style sheet music for “We’re Pals” here: We’re Pals


Lyrics to “We’re Pals” by Irving Caesar

Ev’-ry place we went
you were as true as you could be.
When the nights were bleak,
and we felt tired and weak,
I have known there’s lots of things that you would say to me,
if you could only speak.
I want to tell you I feel
that our friendship is real.

We’re pals
a couple of pals,
a couple of true pals,
that’s what we are.
We’ve been
through thick and thin.
Both traveling side by side,
far and wide,
land or sea,
there were we.
Most times
we’d no place to go,
But I never worried with you along.
Though there is no way that I can show to you
the heaps and heaps of gratitude I owe to you,
Don’t fret.
I owe you a debt.
I’ll never forget
we’re a couple of good old pals.

Tony1

George Gershwin’s dog Tony

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s