STRANGER CALLED THE BLUES, A
(Mel Torme / Robert Wells)
as recorded by June Christy
with Pete Rugolo & his Orchestra
I met up with a stranger this evening,
After you turned me down,
A sad lookin' Joe who chased me all over town.
But when you're feelin' lonely you welcome anyone
Who offers you a shoulder to use,
So I'm makin' friends with a stranger called the blues!
He was standin' behind me this evenin',
I guess he could hardly wait
For you to reveal the words that would seal my fate.
He said he knew the score,
He's been around before
When love has worn a hole in its shoes,
So here I sit with a stranger called the blues!
"B" is for the bitter tears I'm tasting,
"L" is for the lonely nights I'll know.
"U", you've found another heart to play with,
"E" means I envy the so and so!
So we ended a romance this evening,
That bitter sweet charade,
'Cause you, little fool,
Forgot every rule we made!
To you our love became
A stupid little game,
No runs, no hits, one error, guess who's
When I wound up with a stranger called the blues,
A travel ridden, good for nothin' stranger called the blues!
(Transcribed by Peter Akers - September 2015)