"Nature Boy" has simple changes, fantastic melody, and beautiful lyrics. At a neophyte's tempo it sounds great.
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Look into Jim Brickman's "Simple Things" fairly simple to play- If I can play it then its easy! And it has a nice sweet rhythm to it when you sing along. You can find it http://www.musicnotes.com and search Jim Brickman- he has a few other songs that may work well, but I am fond of the "effect" Simple Things has on woman :o) Good luck and let us know how you make out!
Forgive me for initially failing to notice your disdain for "cheesy EZ piano arrangements". If you like outstanding charts, I strongly recommend you purchase "The New Real Book" published by Sher Music Co. This is a collection of scores of standards and other classic tunes. (Nature Boy is in this book.) The charts are not sappy EZ charts, but are true to the composers' originals.
As a gigantic bonus, they list the recordings from which the charts are derived in the back of the book, so you can get the record and get some inspiration.
I bought mine in April 1977, and although it is soft and tattered from use, I still find something of interest everytime I pick it up.