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Thread #34198   Message #1017912
Posted By: Jim Dixon
12-Sep-03 - 08:17 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Chasin' Rainbows (from Dallas String Band
Subject: Lyr Add: I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS (McCarthy...)
This seems to be a different song from the one GutBucketeer requested, but since there has been some discussion of it anyway, I might as well post it.

The Levy collection has 3 editions of the sheet music for I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS, each associated with a different play or film:

1. The stage musical comedy, "Oh Look!" starring The Dolly Sisters and Harry Fox. See Masato's link above. This edition is missing its last page.

2. The 1939 film, "Rose of Washington Square," starring Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, and Al Jolson. Levy has the cover only, no sheet music pages.

3. The 1945 film, "The Dolly Sisters," starring Betty Grable, John Payne and June Haver. This is the one I used for my transcription which follows. It also has chords.

As usual for songs of this period, the chorus is much better known than the verse.

I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS
(Words, Joseph McCarthy. Music, Harry Carroll [Frederic Chopin]. 1918.)

At the end of the rainbow, there's happiness,
And to find it how often I've tried;
But my life is a race, just a wild goose chase,
And my dreams have all been denied.
Why have I always been a failure?
What can the reason be?
I wonder if the world's to blame?
I wonder if it could be me?

CHORUS: I'm always chasing rainbows,
Watching clouds drifting by.
My schemes are just like all my dreams,
Ending in the sky.
Some fellows look and find the sunshine;
I always look and find the rain.
Some fellows make a winning sometime;
I never even make a gain.
Believe me,
I'm always chasing rainbows,
Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain.