Lady in Blue

by Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe, "[i]n the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or o…




There is a gay lady in blue
Haunting my dreams all the night thru.
She seems to creep into my sleep
Day after day and nights without number
I see her rise right under my eyes
Out of blue shadows while I'm lost in slumber:
There in the dark she is so fair
But with the dawn she's never there
For with the bright morning's new light
I wake and find the dream I've had
In mind was a lady in blue
Shadows of the night.
There is a gay lady in blue
Haunting my dreams all the night thru.
She seems to creep into my sleep
Day after day and nights without number
I see her rise right under my eyes
Out of blue shadows while I'm lost in slumber:
There in the dark she is so fair
But with the dawn she's never there
For with the bright morning's new light
I wake and find the dream I've had
In mind was a lady in blue
Shadows of the night.

Written by: DUKE ELLINGTON, IRVING MILLS

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