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Billie Holiday - Billie's Blues (Live @ New York's Metropolitan Opera House) Commodore Records 1944

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Uploaded on Jan 2, 2011

"Billie's Blues" is a blues song written by jazz singer Billie Holiday, composing it just before being recorded in a session in 1936. According to the article in Melody Maker, 1 August 1936:

Billie's accompanied by All-Star Jam Band... Roy Eldridge (tp) Jack Teagarden (tb) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Barney Bigard (cl) Art Tatum (p) Al Casey (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Sidney Catlett (d) Billie Holiday (v)...This session celebrates a very special evening - this was Billie Holiday's first presentation in a major concert hall and those lucky enough to have concert tickets saw her become the first black woman to sing on stage at the Metropolitan. The show was the "Esquire" magazine's All-American First Annual Jazz Concert and there Billie was presented with the 1943 female vocalist of the year. The show was partially broadcast. The slow tempo track is almost ruined by Catlett out-of-mood interventions and loud comments behind also don't help, making the audience laugh, but Billie in true fashion is not deturred by such antics.

I love my man I'm liar if I say I don't

I love my man I'm liar if I say I don't
But I'll quit my man
I'm liar if I say I won't
I've been your slave baby

Ever since I've been your babe

I've been your slave
Ever since I've been your babe

But before I'll be your dog
I'll see you in your grave
My man wouldn't give me no breakfast
Wouldn't give me no dinner
Squawked about my supper then he put me outdoors
Had the nerve to lay a matchbox on my clothes
I didn't have so many
But I had a long, long ways to go
I ain't good-looking
And my hair ain't curls

I ain't good-looking

And my hair ain't curls
But my mother, she give me something

It's going to carry me through this world
Some men like me 'cause I'm happy
Some 'cause I'm snappy
Some call me honey
Others think I've got money
Some say: Billie,
Baby you're built for speed
Now if you put that all together
Makes me everything a good man needs

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