Anniversary Song chords

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 in the key of Dm
  • Chords in Dm: Dm, Em, F, Gm, A7, Bb6, C9

Anniversary Song by Andy Williams

Capo on 1st fret if playing with the video

The Relative Major Key of Dm is highlighted (F) - Transpose to any other key.
               A7          Dm           Gm           Bb6     A7
Intro: 3/4 ‖      |  𝄎  |     |  𝄎   |      |  𝄎  |       |      ‖
 
   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." |  𝄎  |     |     |     | 

🗝 Dm

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

Please Note: When playing Bb6, it may be easier to barre the first fret (strings 1-5). It has no effect on the sound as the notes are all covered by the fingers on the third fret... and it may be a little more comfortable.

C9 is a great chord to learn - with practice, its very easy to play and you'll find yourself using it time and time again.

Left Handed Charts:

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