Words: Joe Young; Music: Fred E. Ahlert (1935)

Lyrics

I’m gonna sit right down
And write myself a letter
And make believe
It came from you.
I’m gonna write words
Oh so sweet,
They’re gonna knock me
Off my feet,
A lot of kisses
On the bottom –
I’ll be glad I got ’em.

I’m gonna smile and say
“I hope you’re feeling better,”
And close “with love”
The way you do.
I’m gonna sit right down
And write myself a letter
And make believe
It came from you.

Background

“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” is a popular song that has been recorded many times, and has become a standard of the Great American Songbook. The first big hit version was by Fats Waller recorded on May 8, 1935, and you can find it immediately below.

Performances

Here is the Fats Waller recording:

Here is a great 1953 Sinatra version, arranged and conducted by the wonderful Nelson Riddle:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter