Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Sunday Jazz – Peggy Lee


Easter Sunday deserves something a bit special and Peggy Lee fits the bill nicely as she was both a talented actress and singer perhaps best known in the latter catagory for her “definitive” version of “Fever”. which became her signature song.

The song I am bringing you today is another of my favourites as I have several versions of it, including a great rendition by Ella Fitzgerald, but for once even she may be eclipsed by the Peggy Lee version of “Black Coffee”

“Black Coffee” – Peggy Lee

I’m feeling mighty lonesome
Haven’t slept a wink
I walk the floor and watch the door
And in between I drink
Black coffee
Love’s a hand me down brew
I’ll never know a Sunday
In this weekday room

I’m talking to the shadows
from 1 o’clock til 4
And lord, how slow the moments go
When all I do is pour
Black coffee
Since the blues caught my eye
I’m hanging out on Monday
My Sunday dreams to dry

Now a man is born to go a lovin’
A woman’s born to weep and fret
To stay at home and tend her oven
And drown her past regrets
In coffee and cigarettes

I’m moaning all the morning
and mourning all the night
And in between it’s nicotine
And not much heart to fight
Black coffee
Feelin’ low as the ground
It’s driving me crazy just waiting for my baby
To maybe come around… around
I’m waiting for my baby
To maybe come around

My nerves have gone to pieces
My hair is turning gray
All I do is drink black coffee
Since my man’s gone away

April 12, 2009 - Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video |


  1. Love Peggy–but my favorite will always be FEVER!! thanks for posting!

    Comment by Ms.C | May 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for dropping in, glad you enjoyed it.


      Comment by thehelplessdancer | May 3, 2009 | Reply

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