Capo 2nd fret C B7 C Be sure it's true when you say "I love you" - E7 F - A7 - Dm It's a sin to tell a lie. G C Millions of hearts have been broken Dm Dm7 G Just because these words were spo-ken: C B7 C "I love you, yes I do, I love you, E7 F - A7 - Dm If you break my heart, I'll die." F Fm C A7 So be sure it's true when you say "I love you" - D7 G C G It's a sin to tell a lie. C B7 Cross my heart, I hope to die! C I'll never, never, never tell another white lie! E7 Took a little girl out on a date last night - F A7 Dm Next to her, Gramma Gerty would have looked alright. G Now I'm between the devil and the deep blue sea, C 'Cause I said, "Baby, you look good to me." Dm I told her I loved her, and oh, how I lied - Dm7 G Now she's getting set to be my blushing bride! C B7 C If she leads me to the altar, I'm sunk, E7 F - A7 - Dm 'Cause I cannot tell the preacher I was drunk. F Fm So Lord, have mercy on a no account sinner, C A7 Give me one more chance to let another guy win her! D7 G Cross my heart, I hope to die! C I'll never, never, never, tell it - one more time - D7 G7 C - F I'll never tell another white lie! C C7 O-lee-o-lee-o-lee-o.
(Words and music by Billy Mayhew, 1936; New verse by Somethin' Smith and the Redheads, 1955)
Notes: The B7 chord can also be replaced with a D#dim chord.
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