♫ Chances Are ♫

Released in 1957, this was Mathis’ first #1 hit single and was included on his compilation Johnny’s Greatest Hits, which is regarded as the original Greatest Hits album.  It was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. The song reached No. 4 on Billboard‘s Best Sellers in Stores survey, along with its flip “The Twelfth of Never”, which was the song I actually intended to play tonight, but when I listened to it, it made me sad, so I opted for this one instead.

Chances Are
Johnny Mathis

Chances are ’cause I wear a silly grin
The moment you come into view
Chances are you think that I’m in love with you

Just because my composure sort of slips
The moment that your lips meet mine
Chances are you think my heart’s your Valentine

In the magic of moonlight when I sigh, hold me close, dear
Chances are you believe the stars that fill the skies are in my eyes

Guess you feel you’ll always be the one and only one for me
And if you think you could
Well, chances are your chances are awfully good

Chances are you believe the stars that fill the skies are in my eyes

Guess you feel you’ll always be the one and only one for me
And if you think you could
Well, chances are your chances are awfully good

The chances are your chances are awfully good

Songwriters: Al Stillman / Robert Allen
Chances Are lyrics © Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc.

20 thoughts on “♫ Chances Are ♫

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  2. Oh, yes! I think I once told you… that I was living in NJ, as a teenager. Johnny Mathis was playing at the Garden State Arts Center. I couldn’t get anyone to go with me. So, I was 17 and I drove down to the Jersey shore to the Garden State arts Center, by myself.
    I saw him sing, “Chances Are” wearing a tuxedo and with a full orchestra accompanying him! I sat in the center, third row back! He was incredible!!! 💙

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  3. Well, this is a song that fires up the ol’ wayback machine. Mom loved listening to music as she did things around the house when I was a child. Johnny Mathis was/is one of her favorites, and “Chances Are” was a standard song in her rotation. As I grew older and learn more about music and singing, I came to think, wow, that guy has a smooth, graceful voice. Thinking more on it, I admire how he imparts so much nuance in the notes he sings, conveying powerful sentiments and insights into simple words.

    My favorite stanza, one that I often sing to myself is, are those opening lines. “Chances are ’cause I wear a silly grin,
    The moment you come into view, Chances are you think that I’m in love with you.” Beautiful observation, lyrics, and music, wonderfully executed.

    Cheers

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    • Ah yes, I remember you telling me about your mom listening to music as she went about her house chores. I do the same, only with earbuds or headphones, so nobody else knows what I’m listening to 😉 I do love Mathis’ voice, and my favourite line is also the one about the silly grin. I think people in love ought to wear a silly grin!

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