Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)

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Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella", was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning three octaves (D♭3 to D♭6), she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. more »


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2007
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My mama done tol' me, when I was in knee-pants
My mama done tol' me, " Son a woman'll sweet talk"
And give ya the big eye, but when the sweet talkin's done

A woman's a two-face, A worrisome thing 
Who'll leave ya to sing the blues in the night
Now the rain's a-fallin', hear the train's a-callin,
"Whooee!"
(My mama done tol' me) Hear dat lonesome whistle blowin' 'cross the trestle, "Whooee!"
(My mama done tol' me) A-whooee-ah-whooee ol' clickety-clack's a-echoin' back th' blues in the night

The evenin' breeze'll start the trees to cryin' and the moon'll hide its light 
When you get the blues in the night
Take my word, the mockingbird'll sing the saddest kind o' song, 
He knows things are wrong and he's right

From Natchez to Mobile, from Memphis to St. Joe, wherever the four winds blow
I been in some big towns an' heard me some big talk, but there is one thing I know

A woman's a two-face, a worrisome thing 
Who'll leave ya to sing the blues in the night
My mama was right, there's blues in

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Written by: HAROLD ARLEN, JOHNNY MERCER

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