Sunday, February 15, 2009

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was a great American jazz and blues singer. She is an American legend. Her story inspired the 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues" starring Diana Ross. Billie Holiday had a special way of interpreting each song she sang that still influences American pop music today. Unfortunately, she lived a sad and difficult life and died at the age of 44. You can read a short biography about Billie Holiday here.

Below is a video of her singing one of her famous songs. It is called "My Man"

Here are the lyrics. Read the lyrics first and then watch the video.

It cost me a lot
But theres one thing that I've got
It's my man
It's my man

Cold or wet
Tired, you bet
All of this I'll soon forget
With my man

He's not much on looks
He's no hero out of books
But I love him
Yes, I love him

Two or three girls
Has he
That he likes as well as me
But I love him

I don't know why I should
He isn't true
He beats me, too
What can I do?

Oh, my man, I love him so
He'll never know
All my life is just a spare
But I don't care
When he takes me in his arms
The world is bright
All right

What's the difference if I say
I'll go away
When I know I'll come back
On my knees someday

For whatever my man is
I'm his forevermore

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