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Billie Holiday - Love Me or Leave Me (Okeh Records 1941)

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"Love Me or Leave Me" is a U.S. popular song from the 1920s. The music was written by Walter Donaldson and the lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song was introduced in the Broadway play, Whoopee!, which opened in December 1928. Ruth Etting's performance of the song was so popular that she was also given the song to sing in the play Simple Simon, which opened in February 1930.

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

Billie's accompanied by Emmett Berry (tp), Jimmy Hamilton (cl) & (ts), Hymie Schertzer (as), Babe Russin (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Albert Casey (g), John Williams (b), and J C Heard (ds). Record August 7, 1941. Okeh Records (31004-1)

This suspense is killing me
I can't stand uncertainty
Tell me now I've got to know
Whether you want me to stay or go

Love me or leave me
Or let me be lonely
You won't believe me
I love you only
I'd rather be lonely
Then happy with somebody else
You might find the nighttime
The right time for kissing
But nighttime is my time
For just reminiscing
Regretting
Instead of forgetting with somebody else

There'll be no one
Unless that someone is you
I intend to be independently blue

I want your love
But I don't want to borrow
To have it today
To give back tomorrow
For your love is my love
There's no love for nobody else

(bridge)

There'll be no one
Unless that someone is you
I intend to be independently blue

I want your love
But I don't want to borrow
To have it today
And to give back tomorrow
For your love is my love
There's no love for nobody else

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