Billie Holiday

I Cried For You

Billie recorded this song twice in the studio, once for Columbia in 1936 and then again for Verve in 1954.

Like many of her re-records, I Cried For You benefits from her maturity. Across her three primary decades, her shifting demeanor as a more authoritative and evocative singer set the standard for modern singing.

Even as the 1954 version dives into a double time feel for the second repeat of the song form, she holds a saucy gravitas, that no peppy tempo could ever obliterate. Her cool is unshakeable, and her ability to portray ironic depth, in a song with a simple, if even shallow premise, is spectacular.

Recorded at Session #70 New York April 14, 1954, billed as Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (Verve). With Oscar Peterson (po), Herb Ellis (g), Ray Brown (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Billie Holiday (v), and Charlie Shavers playing foil to Lady’s chill modern affect – he is practically gymnastic on the trumpet.

–BillieHolidaySongs.com

I Cried For You

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LYRICS ::

I cried for you
Now it’s your turn to cry over me
Every road has a turning
That’s one thing you’re learning
I cried for you
What a fool I used to be
Now I’ve found two eyes
Just a little bit bluer
I’ve found a heart
Just a little bit truer
I cried for you
Now it’s your turn to cry over me