Blues in the NightWords & Music by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen, 1941
Recorded by Rosemary Clooney, 1952 (#17)
Written for a film called Hot Nocturne, this song became so popular that the movie was re-titled Blues in the Night
A My mama done tol' me, when I was in kneepants, A7 My mama done tol' me, "Son, D7 A woman'll sweet talk, and give ya the big eye, B7 E7 A But when the sweet talkin's done, E7 Am7 E7 A woman's a two-face, a worrisome thing who'll leave ya t' sing A D9 A The blues in the night." Refrain: A7 E7 Am7 D7 Now the rain's a-fallin', hear the train a-callin', A "Whoo-ee." (My mama done tol' me,) D9 Dm6 E7 Hear that lonesome whistle blowin' 'cross the trestle, A "Whoo-ee." (My mama done tol' me.) E7 A whoo-ee-duh whoo-ee, B7 E7 A D9 A Ol' clickety clack's a-echoin' back the blues in the night. D9 Dm6 The evening breeze'll start the trees to cryin' E7 C7 B+ F#7-5 Am6 B7 E7 Dm6 E7 And the moon'll hide it's light when you get the blues in the night; D9 Dm6 E7 C7 B+ Take my word, the mockingbird'll sing the saddest kind of song, F#m7-5 Am6 B7 E7 Dm6 Gm6 E7 He knows things are wrong, and he's right. From Natchez to Mobile, from Memphis to Saint Joe, Wherever the four winds blow; I've been in some big towns and heard me some big talk, But there is one thing I know: A woman's a two-face, a worrisome thing who'll leave ya t' sing The blues in the night. Refrain: Coda: A A7 B7 E7 Oooo - oooo - oooo, oooo - oooo - oooo, B7 E7sus4 A My mama was right, there's blues in the night.