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Billie Holiday - Stormy Weather (Clef Records 1952)

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Uploaded on Jan 2, 2011

"Stormy Weather" is a 1933 song written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Ethel Waters first sang it at The Cotton Club night club in Harlem. It has since been covered by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Clodagh Rodgers, and Reigning Sound; but most famously by Lena Horne and Billie Holiday. The song tells of disappointment, as the lyrics, "Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky" show someone pining for her man to return. The weather is a metaphor for the feelings of the singer; "stormy weather since my man and I ain't together, keeps raining all the time."

Billie is accompanied by Joe Newman (tp); Paul Quinichette (ts); Oscar Peterson (p); Freddy Green (g); Ray Brown (b); and Gus Johnson (d). Recorded in New York, July 27, 1952 (Clef Records)

Don't know why

There's no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather

Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps raining all the time
Life is bare

Gloom and misery everywhere
Stormy weather

Just can't get my poor self together

I'm weary all the time,
The time

So weary all the time

When he went away

The blues walked in and met me

If he stays away
Old rocking chair will get me

All I do is pray
The Lord above will let me

Walk in the sun once more

Can't go on

Everything I had is gone

Stormy weather

Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps raining all the time

Keeps raining all the time

When he went away

The blues walked in and met me

If he stays away
Old rocking chair will get me

All I do is pray
The Lord above will let me

Walk in the sun once more

Can't go on

Everything I had is gone

Stormy weather

Since my man and I ain't together

Keeps raining all the time

Keeps raining all the time

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