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The song was written by the team of Robert Allen (music) and Al Stillman (lyrics). In 1957, “Chances Are” went to #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, #1 on Cash Box, and #12 on the U.S. R&B Chart. It was well-loved by the public as well as DJ’s. The single was backed with “The Twelfth of Never,” which also charted well, going to #9 on the Billboard Pop Chart. It sold more than one million copies and was awarded an RIAA gold record. Mathis was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “Chances Are” in 1998. The B-Side, “The Twelfth of Never,” was also an international success.

Mathis himself, born in Gilmer, Texas, in 1935, has been a very popular and versatile American singer of pop, soul, jazz, Brazilian music, Spanish music, R&B, Broadway theater, and American songbook standards. Several dozen of his albums have gone gold or platinum, and he’s made 73 Billboard-charting songs. At the age of 82, he continues to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics to “Chances Are” by Johnny Mathis:

Chances are, ’cause I wear that 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!

The 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!

For other songs by Johnny Mathis: “Winter Wonderland” and “The Twelfth of Never.”

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2 Comments

  1. […] was written by Jerry Livingston and Paul Francis Webster. It was released as the B-Side to “Chances Are.” Except for the bridge of the song, the tune is adapted from the old English folk song […]

  2. […] more songs by Johnny Mathis: “Chances Are” and “The Twelfth of […]

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