"Lady Sings the Blues" is a song written by jazz singer Billie Holiday, and jazz pianist Herbie Nichols. It is the title song to her 1956 album, released on Clef/Verve Records (MGC 721/Verve MV 2047).T he song was also chosen to be the title of the 1956 autobiography by Holiday and author William Dufty, and the 1972 movie starring Diana Ross as Holiday.

Billie's accompanied by Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Tony Scott (clarinet, arranger), Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone), Wynton Kelly (piano), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Aaron Bell (bass), and Lenny McBrowne (drums). Recorded in New York City, June 6, 1956. (Clef Records)

Lady sings the blues
She's got them bad
She feels so sad
Wants the world to know
Just what the blues is all about

Lady sings the blues
She tells her side
Nothing to hide
Now the world will now
Just what the blues is all about
The blues ain't nothing but a pain in your heart
when you get a bad start
When you and your man have to part
I ain't gonna just sit around and cry
I know I won't die
Because I love him

Lady sings the blues
I'm telling you
She's got 'em bad
But now the world will know
She's never gonna sing them no more

'Cause the blues ain't nothing but a pain in your heart
When you get a bad start
When you and your man have to part
Ain't gonna just sit around and cry
I know I won't die
'Cause I love him

Lady sings the blues
I'm telling you
She's got 'em bad
But now the world will know
She's never gonna sing them no more

No more

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