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Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra - When Your Lover Has Gone (Clef Records 1955)

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Published on Jan 2, 2011

"When Your Lover Has Gone" is a 1931 composition by Einar Aaron Swan which, after being featured in the James Cagney film Blonde Crazy that same year, has become a jazz standard. This song is unusual in that, after a simple verse, it does not follow the usual 64-bar refrain that characterizes the structure of most pop music, but tells its entire story in 32 bars. It has been said that James Dean's favorite song was Billie Holiday's "When Your Lover Has Gone."

Billie's accompanied by Harry Edison (trumpet), Benny Carter (alto, tenor saxophone), Jimmy Rowles (piano, celeste), Barney Kessel (guitar), John Simmons (bass), and Larry Bunker (drums). Recorded in Los Angeles, August 23, 1955. (Clef Records)

When you're alone, who cares for starlit skies
When you're alone, the magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn, there is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours, the evening shadows bring
What lonely hours, with memories lingering
Like faded flowers, life can't mean anything
When your lover has gone

When you're alone, who cares for starlit skies
When you're alone, the magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn, there is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours, the evening shadows bring
What lonely hours, with memories lingering
Like faded flowers, life can't mean anything
When your lover
When you lover has gone

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  • Song

  • Artist

    • Billie Holiday
  • Album

    • The Best of Billie Holiday, Vol. 2
  • Writers

    • Einar Aaron Swan
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    • UMG (on behalf of INC); EMI Music Publishing, LatinAutor, ARESA, UMPG Publishing, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell, UBEM, Sony ATV Publishing, PEDL, Warner Chappell, ASCAP, Public Domain Compositions, and 4 Music Rights Societies

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