Heptune presents:

It's a Sin to Tell a Lie


Transcribed from Fats Waller and His Rhythm, vocals by Fats Waller; recorded 6/5/36;
From An Introduction to Fats Waller: His Best Recordings 1928 - 1942; Best of Jazz, 4006.
Photograph of Fats Waller by Michael Lipskin.

Be sure it's true when you say, "I love you!"
It's a sin to tell a lie!
Millions of hearts have been broken, yas, yas!
Just because these words were spoken: (You know the words that were spoken? Here it is:)
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you! (Ha, ha, ha!)
Yes, but if you break my heart, I'll break your jaw, and then I'll die!
So be sure it's true,
When you say, "I love you," (Ha, ha!)
It's a sin to tell a lie! (Now get on out there and tell your lie. What is it?)

Be sure it's true,
When you say, "I love you,"
It's a sin, a doggone sin to tell a lie! (What I said!)

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Published 10/9/99.

Fats Waller Resources:

Cover of Maurice Waller's biography of his father, Fats Waller.Fats Waller, excellent autobiograhy by son Maurice Waller.

Cover of Thomas "Fats" Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1941You can find transcriptions of what Fats Waller actually played in Thomas "Fats" Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1941, transcribed by Paul Posnak.

Look for Fats Waller sheet music, at sheetmusicplus, below:

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