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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Stormy Weather

By Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler
1933

One of the giants of American popular song, it was written for Ethel Waters to perform at the Cotton Club. However, it would go on to be most closely associated with Lena Horne, after she recorded it (for the first of five times) in 1941. The blues-tinged standard is a flawless expression of disappointment and longing.

Lyrics:

Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky.
Stormy weather--
Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time.

Life is bare, gloom and mis'ry everywhere.
Stormy weather--
Just can't get my poor self together,
I'm weary all the time.
So weary all the time.

When he went away, the blues walked in and met me.
If he stays away, old rockin' chair will get me.
All I do is pray the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more.

Cant go on, ev'ry thing I had is gone.
Stormy weather--
Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time.

Recorded By:

Billie Holiday
Etta James
Frank Sinatra
Judy Garland
Django Reinhardt

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