I Chose to Sing the Blues

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.) He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” more »


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I could have been a gambler
'Cause I'm good with the cards
I could have been a lover
Breakin' other's hearts
And I feel so silly
Bettin' on the dice
And a lover seldom sees
The same girl twice
And that is why (that is why)
That's why I chose (that's why I chose)
I chose to sing the blues, yes I did
Now, I could have been a doctor
Helping the sick
And I could have been a lawyer
But you know that ain't my stick
'Cause I feel so bad
If a patient didn't do well
And I feel just as bad
To leave a client in jail
And that is why (that is why)
That's why I chose (that's why I chose)
I chose to sing the blues

[Sax solo]

Now a man has a lot
That he could present
Just to think I could have been
But I can't understand
What politicians say
So I want to talk to you
In my own little way
And that is why (that is why)
That's why I chose (that's why I chose)
I chose to sing the blues
Yes I did, friends
Don't you know what I mean
I like what I'm doin'
You know, I like the blues
Everybody understands
What I mean when I say
Something like this here
That's what I'm talkin' 'bout when I sing

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