Words & Music:

Mitchell Parish & Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael


The Les Paul version of this venerable standard is fully transcribed in the November 2009 issue of Guitar Edge.  This arrangement is courtesy of Jumbo Jim's Archive.


G9      G      G+7    G         C9

And now the purple dusk of twilight time

 B7                              E     E-9    E     E7 

Steals across the meadows of my heart.

 Am            Cm       G      G/F#    Em

High up in the sky the little stars climb,

 F#       F#7             D    Fdim  D7

Always reminding me that we're  a - part.


     G9      G        G+7      G   C9

You wandered down the lane and far away.

 B7                              E   E-9  E   E7

Leaving me a song that will not die.

 Am              Cm          G  G/F# Em

Love is now the stardust of yes-ter-day,

    D7    Gdim      Am7  Cdim  G   Cm   G

The music  of  the years gone  by.


G+7   G   G9 Cmaj7  C     Am       C         F

Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely night

 F7                G      G/F#   Em  Bm7-5    E7

Dreaming of a song.   The mel-o-dy haunts my reverie,

   Am7    E7  Fdim        Am7    Fdim   Am

And I am once again with you.

          D  Fdim  D7           D+      G6     D+  G6 

When our love was new, and each kiss an in-spi-ra-tion,

     A9           G    A7           G      D7        Am7      C    D7     D+

But that was long ago; now my consolation is in the stardust of a song.


   Cmaj7  C     Am        C            F7

Beside a garden wall when stars are bright,

Fm7/9              G   G/F#    Em  Bm7-5            E7

You are in my arms; the nightingale tells his fairy tale

   Am7    E7       Fdim     Am7     Fdim     Am

Of par-a-dise where ro-ses grew.

           D   A7  D7          G    G/F# Em   B+  F#7   B7

Though I dream in vain, in my heart  it  will re-main:

   C        C/B    E7  Am7

My stardust mel-o-dy

        D7     Cdim  Cdim(IV)   G    Am7 alt   Cm    G6

the memory of love's   re  -  frain.

Back to the Songbook Index.

This page's content is copyrighted ©1977-2009 by Kristin C. Hall. Please drop me a line (via "dink (at) media (dot) mit (dot) edu") if you wish to use it or link to it or correct it! Please send comments, suggestions, fixes and general mischievious mayhem to the web diva via the above email address. (sorry, spambots have forced me to remove my automatic mail link.) Many thanks...and enjoy! tr

Note to lawyers and any other litigious-minded folk:
I am not trying to screw anyone out of royalties, etc. I have posted these only as a helpful resources for teachers, camp counselors and people who like to "sing along with Mitch", if you will. If you do not want your work posted to these pages, please just email me (via "dink (at) media (dot) mit (dot) edu") and I shall remove it.