Learnin' the Blues

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About Learnin' the Blues

"Learnin' the Blues" is a big band popular song written by Dolores "Vicki" Silvers. The song was originally recorded by Philadelphia singer Joe Valino; then, famously, by Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle & his Orchestra in 1955. Initially published on the B side of the EP Session With Sinatra (Capitol Records EAP 1-629), Learnin' the Blues was subsequently re-released in June 1955 as a single with Sinatra's If I Had Three Wishes on the B side (Capitol 3102). In the weeks of 3-9 and 24-30 July 1955, Sinatra's rendition was briefly the most frequently played song on U. S. radio. The single's sales peaked at #2 on the NME British charts in August 1955, and at #1 on the Australian charts for the week of 13–19 November 1955. In cumulative year-end charts for 1955, Learnin' the Blues ranked #14 (Billboard Year-End) in the United States and #17 (NME Year-End) in the United Kingdom. Sinatra re-recorded the song in 1962 for the album Sinatra-Basie. The song was covered by Cab Calloway 1955 (Bell 1096 USA). Rosemary Clooney on her tour album On Stage (1955), by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on their album Ella and Louis Again (1957), by Glen Campbell from his 1979 sessions but remained unreleased until his 1995 album The Essential Glen Campbell Volume Three, by Katie Melua on her debut album Call Off The Search (2003), by Del McCoury on his 2001 album Del and the Boys, and by Laura Dickinson on her debut album One For My Baby - To Frank Sinatra With Love (2014). 


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The tables are empty
The dance floor's deserted
You play the same love song
It's the tenth time you've heard it

That's the beginning
Just one of the clues
You've had your first lesson
In learnin' the Blues

The cigarettes you light
One after another
Won't help you forget him
And the way that you loved him

You're only burning
A torch you can't lose
But you're on the right track
For learnin' the blues

When you're at home alone
The Blues will taunt you constantly
When you're out in a crowd
The Blues will haunt your memory

The nights when you don't sleep
The whole night you're cryin'
But you can't forget him
Soon you even stop tryin'

You walk the floor
And wear out your shoes
When you feel your heart break
You're learnin' the blues

Yes, the tables are empty
The dance floor's deserted
And you play the same love song, whoa, yes
It's the tenth time you've heard it, yes

Man, it's the beginnin'
Just one of those clues
You've had your first lesson, whoa, yes
In learnin' the Blues

Man, the cigarettes that you light, whoa, yessum
One after another, you tellin' me brother
Won't help you to forget her, whoa, no
And the way that you love her

You only burnin'
A torch that you can't lose, yeah
But you on the right tracks, brother
For learnin' the blues

D'ya see that Ella

Now lookahere
When you at home alone
The blues will taunt you constantly, yessuh
Ba dit dit deet
And when you're out in a crowd
The Blues will haunt your memories
Bah da doh doh zet

The nights when you don't sleep, yes
The whole night you cryin'
But you can't forget her, oh yes
Soon you even stop tryin'

Man, you walk the floor
And wear out your shoes
When you feel your heart break, yeah brother
That's when you're learning the blues

Yes
When you at home alone
The blues will taunt you constantly, yes
And when you're out in a crowd
The Blues will haunt your memories

The nights when you don't sleep, hmm, Ella
The whole night you're crying
Yeah, but you can't forget her
Soon you even stop trying

Yes man, you'll walk the floor
that's when it's rough
And wear out that last pair a' treaders
When you feel your heart break
You're learnin the blues

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Ella Fitzgerald

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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