Am I Blue?
(original Ethel Waters' version)
Words & Music by
Harry Aksy & Grant Clarke
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I'm just a woman, a lonely woman waiting on the weary shore.
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I'm just a woman that's only human; one you should be sorry for.
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Woke up this morning, along about dawn.
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Without a warning, I found he was gone.
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How could he do it? Why should he do it? He never done it before.
Am I blue? Am I blue?
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Ain't these tears, in these eyes tel-ling you?
Am I blue? Why, you'd be, too,
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If each plan with your man done fell through.
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There was a time when I was his only one.
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But, now I'm the sad and lonely one...lone-ly...
Was I gay? Until todayÉ
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Now, he's gone, and we're through. Am-- I-- blue?
[freely over verse chords]
I know it, he's in Chicago and I'm down here in Birmingham.
Trying to get the money to go and find my honey.
I am, yes, indeed I am.
I've got the blues in my heart and my shoes want to start
And I'm in a jam, terrible jam.
[freely over chorus chords]
Oh, don't ask me, "Am I blue?" Why do you ask me, "Am I blue?"
Ain't these tears, in these eyes telling you?
How can you ask me, "Am I blue?" Why wouldn't you be, too?
If each plan with your man has done fell through.
Don't I remember the time when I was his only one?
But look at me, now, I'm the sad and lonely one...
Oh, didn't I used to be gay? Oh, until today...
Now, he's gone, and we're through. Lord, am I blue?