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I AIN'T GOT NOTHING BUT THE BLUES Duke Ellington (m) Don George (l) 1937 as rec by Ella Fitzgerald w Duke Ellington & his Orch June 25th 1957 New York also rec by- Al Hibbler w Duke Ellington & his Orch '44 Lena Horne '44 Ella Fitzgerald w Joe Pass '76 Lorenz Alexandria '60 Dinah Shore w The Red Norvo Quintet '60 Mose Allison '63 Ruth Olay '67 Kenny Burrell '77 Sarah Vaughan '79 Elkie Brooks '94 Katherine McPhee The Pointer Sisters Joe Williams Jimmy Witherspoon w Duke Ellington & his Orch Ain't got the change of a nickel, Ain't got no bounce in my shoes, Ain't got no fancy to tickle, I ain't got nothin' but the blues! Ain't got no coffee that's perc'in, Ain't got no winnings to lose, Ain't got a dream that is workin', I ain't got nothin' but the blues! When trumpets flare up, I keep my hair up, I just can't make it come down! Believe me, pappy, I can't get happy Since my ever-lovin' baby left town! Ain't got no rest in my slumbers, Ain't got no feelin's to bruise, Ain't got no telephone numbers, I ain't got nothin' but the blues! Ain't got the change of a nickel, Ain't got no bounce in my shoes, Ain't got no fancy to tickle, I ain't got nothin' but the blues! Ain't got no coffee that's perc'in, Ain't got no winnings to lose, Ain't got a dream that is workin', I ain't got nothin' but the blues, Ain't got nothin' but the blues! When trumpets flare up, I keep my hair up, I just can't make it come down! Believe me, pappy, I can't get happy Since my ever-lovin' baby left town! Ain't got no rest in my slumbers, Ain't got no feelin's to bruise, Ain't got no telephone numbers, I ain't got nothin', nothin', nothin' but the blues! Ain't got no east, no west, No good, no best, Ain't got no man to choose, I ain't got nothin', ain't got nothin' but the blues! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - June 2011)

    


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