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(I DON'T STAND) A GHOST OF A CHANCE WITH YOU (Victor Young / Ned Washington / Bing Crosby (m & l) 1932) As sung by Bing Crosby in the Paramount short film < Please> 1933 See also studio version below. Also sung by:Frank Sinatra; Dianna Krall; Billie Holiday; Gene Austin; Maurice Chevalier; Vaughn Monroe Mel Tormé; Etta James; Mildred Bailey; Carmen McRae Mildred Bailey; Chu Berry; David Bubba Brooks; Milt Buckner; Cab Calloway & His Orch.; Greg Clayton; Arnett Cobb; Wild Bill Davis; Helen Forrest; Slim Gaillard; Stan Getz; Dizzie Gillespie; Dexter Gordon; Frank Hewitt; Michael Kanan; Claus Koch; Doug MacDonald; Charles Mingus Quintet; Jack Reilly; Artie Shaw & His Orch.; George Shearing; Zoot Sims; Johnny Smith; Louis Smith; Art Tatum; Lee Wiley. And many many others... Why did you let me love you Why did you let me fall Why should it be, when it's plain to see That you don't love me at all. I love you oh so madly, I need your love so badly But I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you I thought at last I'd found you but other loves surround you And I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you. If you'd surrender just for a tender kiss or two You might discover that I'm the lover meant for you And I'd be true. But what's the use of scheming I know I must be dreaming And I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you. Notes: Bing Crosby, perhaps unbeknownst to some, wrote or co-wrote 17 songs of which this, many feel, was the most notable of his creations. His contributions to music, film and stage were immeasurable by any standard. Strange is that the fact that that first line of the second verse (above) in the 1933 short film, Crosby sung as 'I love you oh so madly, I need your love so badly'. However during the studio recording he reversed this (along with many other artists who recorded this song, Krall is one of the exceptions) to 'I need your love so badly, I love you oh so madly'. Studio Version (Crosby) Why did you let me love you Why did you let me fall Why should it be, when it's plain to see That you can't see me at all. I need your love so badly, I love you oh so madly But I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you I thought at last I'd found you, but other loves surround you And I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you. If you'd surrender, just for a tender kiss or two You might discover that I'm the lover meant for you And I'd be true. But what's the use of scheming I know I must be dreaming For I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you. (bridge humming) I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you. (bridge humming) And I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you. If you'd surrender, just for a tender kiss or two You might discover that I'm the lover meant for you And I'd be true. But what's the use of scheming I know I must be dreaming For I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you. (Transcribed by David Story - March 2014)

    


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