Mr. Sandman

Mr. Sandman is a popular song written by Pat Ballard and published in 1954. The song has an interesting music theoretical aspect, as the chord progression follows the circle of fifths for 6 chords in a row in the chorus. Chet Atkins covered this song for his first hit.


Mr. Sandman played by Mr. Pepper Watkins

Mr. Sandman on Vimeo

Lyrics

MR. SANDMAN 
(Pat Ballard) 
 
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream (bung, bung, bung, bung) 
Make him the cutest that I've ever seen (bung, bung, bung, bung) 
Give him two lips like roses and clover (bung, bung, bung, bung) 
Then tell him that his lonesome nights are over. 
Sandman, I'm so alone 
Don't have nobody to call my own 
Please turn on your magic beam 
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream. 
 
"bung, bung, bung, bung" 
 
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream 
Make him the cutest that I've ever seen 
Give him the word that I'm not a rover 
Then tell him that his lonesome nights are over. 
Sandman, I'm so alone 
Don't have nobody to call my own 
Please turn on your magic beam 
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream. 
 
"bung, bung, bung, bung" 
 
Mr. Sandman (male voice: "Yesss?") bring us a dream  
Give him a pair of eyes with a "come-hither" gleam 
Give him a lonely heart like Pagliacci  
And lots of wavy hair like Liberace 
Mr Sandman, someone to hold (someone to hold) 
Would be so peachy before we're too old 
So please turn on your magic beam 
Mr Sandman, bring us, please, please, please 
Mr Sandman, bring us a dream. 
 
"bung, bung, bung, bung" 

Guitar Tab

Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 21:19:56 -0500 
From: "Peter Bergenske"  
Subject: Atkins Chet / mr_sandman.tab 
 
Mr. Sandman 
by Pat Ballard 
 
This transcription is based on Chet Atkins arrangement as 
heard on: Chet Atkins- Guitar Legend- The RCA Years.  I  
have included the section in 'A' that he starts with and  
the section in 'D' that he ends with, leaving out the 'C' 
section that he plays with piano accompaniment.   I am sure 
there are notes missing, but listen to the recording and  
you can fill in.  This is fun to play and a real crowd  
pleaser with the instantly recognized intro riff.   
Thanks Chet. 
 
Peter Bergenske 
berg1101@pacificu.edu 
 
 
'A' Section 
 
              A                        E7 
 
E-----------|------------|------------|------------------- 
B-----------|-------5--9-|-7--5-------|--------7--10--9--- 
G-----------|----6-------|-------6----|-----7---------7--- 
D--------6--|-7----------|----------7-|--9------------9--- 
A--7--9-----|------------|------------|---------------7--- 
E-----------|------------|------------|------------------- 
 
  A                         E7                
E------------|------------|-------------------------- 
B-------5--9-|-7--5-------|--------7--10--9---5---7-- 
G----6-------|-------6----|-----7---------7---------- 
D-7----------|----------7-|--9------------9---------- 
A------------|------------|---------------7---------- 
E------------|------------|-------------------------- 
 
 
  A                        Ab 
E--------------|---------|-4---4-------4--|--------------- 
B--9-----------|--7------|-4---4---7---4--|--------------- 
G--6-----------|--6------|---------5------|--------------- 
D-----x-----x--|---------|----------------|---------3--4-- 
A--------------|--7------|----------------|--4--6--------- 
E--5-----5-----|---------|-4--------------|--------------- 
 
 
                       F#7                             B7 
E---5------5------4--|--------------2--|------------------- 
B---3------3---------|--2------2----2--|------------------- 
G-------5------------|--3--3-----------|------------------- 
D-------------4------|---------2-------|--4---3---2-------- 
A--------------------|-----------------|---------------2--- 
E--------------------|--2--------------|------------------- 
 
 
 
 
 
                        EM7 
E-----4--4--2--4---2--|------0------0--|------------------- 
B-----4--4-----4---4--|--2------2---2--|------------------- 
G---------------------|--1-------------|------------------- 
D--------------2------|--2-------------|------------------- 
A---------------------|----------------|------------------- 
E---------------------|----------------|--0--2--4--5------- 
 
 
   A7 
 
E---7--7---5---7---5--|--8-----8----|--8---7--------------- 
B------5-------5------|--7-----7----|--7---6-----5---7----- 
G---------------------|--------8----|---------------------- 
D----------5----------|--7----------|--7---6--------------- 
A---------------------|-------------|---------------------- 
E---------------------|-------------|---------------------- 
 
  A                        Ab 
E--------------|---------|-4---4-------4--|---------------- 
B--9-----------|--7------|-4---4---7---4--|---------------- 
G--6-----------|--6------|---------5------|---------------- 
D-----X-----x--|---------|----------------|---------3--4--- 
A--------------|--7------|----------------|--4--6---------- 
E--5-----5-----|---------|-4--------------|---------------- 
 
 
                       F#7               Bm 
E---5------5------4--|--------------2--|---------2--------- 
B---3------3---------|--2------2----2--|-----3------------- 
G-------5------------|--3--3-----------|--4---------------- 
D-------------4------|---------2-------|-----4------------- 
A--------------------|-----------------|--2---------2------ 
E--------------------|--2--------------|------------------- 
 
 
              Dm                               A 
 
E--------2---5---5---7--|---9--9--9-------7--|-5-----------5- 
B-----3------6----------|---7-----7---10-----|-5--------5---- 
G-4---------------------|------7-------------|-------6------- 
D-----------------------|---0-----0----------|----7---------- 
A------------5----------|--------------------|--------------- 
E-----------------------|--------------------|-5------------- 
 
 
'D' Section 
 
 
E----------|-------5--9-|-7--5-------|--------7--10--9---- 
B----------|----7-------|-------7----|-----8-------------- 
G--------6-|-7----------|----------7-|--9----------------- 
D--7--9----|------------|------------|-------------------- 
A----------|------------|------------|-------------------- 
E----------|------------|------------|-------------------- 
 
 
 
E-------5--9-|-7--5-------|--------7--10-|-9----------- 
B----7-------|-------7----|-----8--------|------------- 
G--7---------|----------7-|--9-----------|------------- 
D------------|------------|--------------|------------- 
A------------|------------|--------------|-----------4- 
E------------|------------|--------------|-----5--7---- 
 
 
   D7                        Db7 
 
E---7-----------|-5------|---7--7-----7--|---------------- 
B---7-----------|-7------|---6--------6--|---------------- 
G---------------|--------|---------------|---------------- 
D------7------7-|----7---|---------6-----|--9--8--7--6---- 
A---5-----5-----|-5------|---4-----------|---------------- 
E---------------|--------|---------------|---------------- 
                     AM7                       D7 
 
E--8--8--8--8--7--|---------------|----------------------- 
B--6--6-----6-----|--6--------6---|----------------------- 
G-----------------|--6--6-----6---|----------------------- 
D-----------------|--------5------|--9--8--7-------------- 
A-----------------|---------------|------------5---------- 
E-----------------|--5--------5---|----------------------- 
 
                     CM7/G                    C 
 
E--7--7--5--7--5--|-----3-----3--|--------------|--------- 
B--7-----7--7--7--|--5--5--5--5--|--------------|--------- 
G-----------------|--4-----4-----|--------------|--------- 
D-----------------|--------3-----|--------------|--------- 
A--------------7--|--------------|-----0--2-----|--------- 
E-----------------|--3-----------|--3---------8-|--------- 
 
 
E--10--10--8--10---8-|-11--11--11--10--------------------- 
B---8---8--8---8---8-|-10--10--10---9--------------------- 
G--------------------|-11--11--11--10--------------------- 
D--------------------|-10--10--10---9--------------------- 
A--------------------|------------------------------------ 
E--------------------|------------------------------------ 
 
   D7                        Db7 
 
E---7-----------|-5------|---7--7-----7--|---------------- 
B---7-----------|-7------|---6--------6--|---------------- 
G---------------|--------|---------------|---------------- 
D------7------7-|----7---|---------6-----|--9--8--7--6---- 
A---5-----5-----|-5------|---4-----------|---------------- 
E---------------|--------|---------------|---------------- 
 
 
                     AM7             Dm7 
 
E--8--8--8--8--7--|---------------|--------5-----------5--- 
B--6--6-----6-----|--6--------6---|-----6-----------6------ 
G-----------------|--6--6-----6---|--7-----------7--------- 
D-----------------|--------5------|------------------------ 
A-----------------|---------------|--5--------5------------ 
E-----------------|--5--------5---|------------------------ 
 
   Fm7                                C 
 
E--8---8--10----12--12--12------10----8-----------8--------- 
B--9------------10----------13--------8--------8----------- 
G-----------------------10------------------9--------------- 
D----------------0-----------------------10----------------- 
A--8-------------------------------------------------------- 
E-------------------------------------8--------------------- 
 
 
 

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