Billie Holiday

Long Gone Blues

On the 21st of March 1939, a session under Lady’s name with Ken Kirsey on piano featured a three piece reed section, with old friends Kenneth Holland/ts, Stanley Paine/ts, and Tad Smith/as.

The records were pretty, but four pop ballads were undistinguished. Unusually there was time left over for an extra side, and the best of the five sides from the date was not released for nearly a decade [ed. wikipedia attests only a two year delay].

“Long Gone Blues” featured Smith’s underrated alto, the muted trumpet of Hotlips Paige and composer credits for Smith and Lady. Lady’s next session would be her most pivotal, recording “Strange Fruit.”

- Donald C. Clarke’s “Wishing On The Moon”

78, Columbia

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LYRICS ::

Talk to me baby
Tell me what’s the matter now
Tell me, baby what’s the matter now?
Are you tryin’ to quit me, baby
But you don’t know how

I’ve been your slave
Ever since I’ve been your babe
I’ve been your slave
Ever since I’ve been your babe

But before I see you go
I see you in your grave

I’m a good gal
But my love is all wrong

I’m a good gal
But my love is all wrong

I’m a real good gal
But my love has gone