Hoagy Carmichael – I Get Along Without You Very Well (Chords)

Hoagy Carmichael – I Get Along Without You Very Well (Chords)

What a great song this is. I love the half-hearted pretence of, “Oh, I’m totally fine with being dumped.” And the music reflects that so well. It does its best to avoid minor-key gloominess but can’t raise the tempo above a crawl and is drenched in melancholy, ambiguous chords.

The song has been sung by all the greats including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and Nina Simone. But I’ve written up Blue Dean Carcione’s excellent banjolele version.

Suggested Strumming

I’d recommend following Dean and just doing simple down strums all the way though.

Twiddly Bits

Here’s the little fingerpicked intro:



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  1. Sara February 17th, 2016 2:49 pm

    This is great! I can’t wait to work on this.

  2. Woodshed February 17th, 2016 6:03 pm

    Sara: Glad you like it! Happy practicing!

  3. Jack Fuller February 17th, 2016 6:44 pm

    Wow!!! One of those great songs that you don`t hear anymore. It was sung beautifully with plenty of emotion and the simple cords will lead me to a more complex score to begin working on. Thanks, you did me a big favor.

  4. Woodshed February 17th, 2016 9:25 pm

    Jack: Fantastic! Enjoy the arranging.

  5. Mark February 19th, 2016 3:50 pm

    Good plan to keep it slow. Elvis Costello should have remembered that.

  6. Woodshed February 19th, 2016 4:05 pm

    Mark: I didn’t know Elvis Costello did a version of this.

  7. tbone February 20th, 2016 3:39 pm

    Love Hoagy Carmichael and I love this song. The Chet Baker version is one of my all-time faves.

  8. Woodshed February 20th, 2016 7:41 pm

    tbone: Glad to hear it!

  9. Stanley Parker March 5th, 2016 5:07 pm

    Great song that I’d never heard of before. Thanks so much for posting it. Your comment on it’s half-hearted pretense inspired me to write another verse. Want to hear it? Here I go:
    I’m fine that you dumped me, I just don’t care anymore.
    I hope he’s happy too, and doesn’t feel like a tool, ’cause that seems to be role I’m destined for. No I’m not sore.
    Sure I’m OK that you dumped me after all.

  10. Woodshed March 7th, 2016 9:52 pm

    Stanley: Nice addition!

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