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Sunday Jazz – Billie Holiday with Don’t Explain

Don’t Explain” is a song written by jazz singer Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr, it is said that she wrote the song after her husband, Jimmy Monroe, came home one night with lipstick traces on his collar.

“Don’t Explain” – Billie Holiday

Hush now, don’t explain
Just say you’ll remain
Unless you’re mad, don’t explain

My love, don’t explain
What is there to gain
Skip that lipstick
Don’t explain

You know that I love you
And what loving does
All my thoughts are real
For I’m so completely yours

Try to hear folks chatter
And I know you cheat
Right or wrong, don’t matter
When you’re with me, sweet

Hush now, don’t explain
You’re my love and pain
My life’s your love
Don’t explain

 

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June 5, 2011 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music | | Leave a comment

It’s Like Reaching For The Moon – Billie Holiday

“It’s Like Reaching For The Moon” – Billie Holiday

It´s like reaching for the moon
It´s like reaching for the sun
It´s like reaching for the stars
Reaching for you

You´re so far above me
How can I expect an angel to love me
Who is so divine as you are?

It´s like flying without wings
Playing fiddle without strings
And a million other things
No one can do
Though, my hopes are slender
In my secret heart I pray you´ll surrender soon
Though, it´s like reaching for the moon

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February 13, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Jazz Vocal, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Sunday Sounds – God Bless The Child

 

Most people will have heard or at least know of the definitive version of this song as recorded by the legendary Billie Holiday.

Fewer will have heard this version recorded by Blood Sweat & Tears and released on their self titled 1968 album.

“God Bless The Child” – Blood Sweat & Tears

Them that’s got shall get
Them that’s not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Yes, the strong gets more
While the weak ones fade
Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Money, you’ve got lots of friends
Crowding round the door
When you’re gone, spending ends
They don’t come no more
Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don’t take too much
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own
He just worry ’bout nothin’
Cause he’s got his own

God Bless the Child” is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. in 1939, first recorded on May 9, 1941 under the Okeh label.

Holiday’s version of the song was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in (1976). It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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