Anniversary Song chords & lyrics

by Andy Williams

  • The Anniversary Song was written by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin in 1946. It is an adaptation of the 1820 waltz, Waves Of The Danube written by Romanian military band leader and composer - Ion Ivanovic. This version by Andy Williams is featured on his album - Call Me Irresponsible.
  • Music: Ebm in 3/4 time at ~128 bpm.
  • Chords: Ebm, Fm, Gb, Abm, Bb7, B6, Db9
  • Easier: Capo on 1 and play in the key of Dm
  • Chords with Capo: Dm, Em, F, Gm, A7, Bb6, C9

Anniversary Song by Andy Williams

Capo on the 1st Fret if playing with the video.

Intro: 3/4 ||  A7  |  %  |  Dm  |  %  |  Gm  |  %  |  Bb6  |  A7  ||   
 
   A7                             Dm
1. Oh___ How we danced___ On the night___ We were wed 
       Gm                Dm               A7              Dm
   We vowed___ Our true love___ Though a word___ Was-n't said
         A7                              Dm
   The world was in bloom___ There were stars___ In the skies
       Gm             Dm               A7               Dm
   Ex-cept___ For the few__ That were there___ In your eyes

         C9                     F
Chorus: Dear as I held you so close in my arms 
        Bb6                      F
        An-gels were sing-ing a hymn to your charms
             Gm                          Em      A7  Dm
        Two hearts gent-ly beat-ing were mur-mur-ing low
             Gm         Dm   A7  | Dm   |  %  |  %  |  %  |
        "My Darl-ing I love  you   so."
 
        A7                               Dm
3. The night___ Seemed to fade___ In-to blos-som-ing dawn
       Gm             Dm               A7               Dm
   The sun___ Shone a-new___ But the dance___ Ling-ered on
         A7                              Dm
   Could we___ But re-live___ That sweet mo-ment sub-lime
         Gm               Dm           A7           Dm
   We'd find___ That our love___ Is un-al-tered by time


         C9                     F
Chorus: Dear as I held you so close in my arms 
        Bb6                      F
        An-gels were sing-ing a hymn to your charms
             Gm                          Em      A7  Dm
        Two hearts gent-ly beat-ing were mur-mur-ing low
               Gm          Dm   A7  | Dm   |  %  |  Gm |  A7  |  Dm  |  
        "My... Darl-ing I love  you   so."

D Minor

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
1's in the same column: Barre 1st finger over marked strings

 Right Handed Chord Tabs
          Dm                Em                   F                  F (barre) 
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-4-|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 

          Gm                 A7                 Bb6                C9
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|-3-|     e|---|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-4-|
    G|-1-|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|-3-|     G|---|---|-3-|
    D|-1-|---|-4-|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|-1-|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|---|---|-2-|
    E|-1-|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  3   4   5          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 
       
 
Please Note: When playing Bb6, it may be easier to barre the first fret (strings 1-5).
             It has no effect on the sound and may be a little more comfortable. 

             C9 is a great chord to learn - with practice, it is very easy to play
             and you will find yourself using it time and time again to 'spice' up 
             your sound.               

                                             
Left Handed Chord Tabs
          Dm                Em                   F                  F (barre)
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
          Gm                 A7                 Bb6                C9
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |-4-|---|---|B
    |---|---|-1-|G     |---|---|---|G     |-3-|---|---|G     |-3-|---|---|G
    |-4-|---|-1-|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
    |-3-|---|-1-|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |-2-|---|---|A
    |---|---|-1-|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      5   4   3          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets

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