Fanmix: Burning in Blue

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Here be my next offering :-). So, my typical listening fair is either classic rock or blues, jazz, and ancient recordings of showtunes, etc. Listening to some of these exquisitely crafted songs while trying to write fic, I just couldn’t help but think of my favorite fictional pair. So I put together a bunch of old songs by female blues and jazz singers. You can probably tell my musical crushes by this mix (Billie Holiday and George Gershwin topping the list).

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01. All Through the Night – Ella Fitzgerald (1956)
The day is my enemy, the night my friend,
For I’m always so alone
Till the day draws to an end.
But when the sun goes down
And the moon comes through,
To the monotone of the evening’s drone
I’m all alone with you.

All through the night,
I delight in your love,
All through the night, you’re so close to me.
All through the night, from a height far above,
You and your love brings me ecstasy.

When dawn comes to waken me
You’re never there at all.
I know you’ve forsaken me,
Till the shadows fall.
But then once again
I can dream,
I’ve the right
To be close to you
All through the night.

02. Mean to Me – Billie Holiday (1937)
You’re mean to me–
Why must you be mean to me?
Gee, honey, it seems to me
You love to see me cryin’–
I don’t know why!
I stay home each night
When you say you’ll phone.
You don’t and I’m left all alone,
Singin’ the blues and sighin’.
You treat me coldly each day in the year.
You always scold me
Whenever somebody is near, dear.
It must be great fun to be mean to me.
You shouldn’t, for can’t you see
What you mean to me?

03. Love Me or Leave Me – Ruth Etting (1928)
Love me or leave me, or let me be lonely
You won’t believe me but I love you only.

I want your love, but I don’t want to borrow
To have it today to give back tomorrow.

04. Prelude to a Kiss – Ella Fitzgerald (1957)
How my love song gently cries
For the tenderness within your eyes.
My love is a prelude that never dies
A prelude to a kiss.

05. Do it Again – Jane Russell (1947)
But oh, do it again.
I may say no, no, no, no, but do it again.
My lips just ache to have you take the kiss that’s waiting for you.
You know if you do,
You won’t regret it. Come and get it.

06. Fever – Peggy Lee (1958)
Never know how much I love you,
Never know how much I care.
When you put your arms around me,
I get a fever that’s so hard to bear.
You give me fever when you kiss me,
Fever when you hold me tight.
Fever in the morning,
Fever all through the night.

07. How Long Has This Been Goin’ On? – Felicia Sanders (1954)
I could cry salty tears;
Where have I been all these years?
Little wow, tell me now:
How long has this been going on?

There were chills up my spine,
And some thrills I can’t define.
Listen, sweet, I repeat:
How long has this been going on?

08. After You’ve Gone – Bessie Smith (1927)
Now listen honey while I say,
How could you tell me that you’re going away?
Don’t say that we must part, don’t break my aching heart.
You know I’ve loved you true for many years, loved you night and day.
How can you leave me, can’t you see my tears?
So listen while I say:
After you’ve gone, and left me crying
After you’ve gone, there’s no denying
You’ll feel blue, you’ll feel sad
You’ll miss the dearest pal you’ve ever had.

09. Good Morning Heartache – Billie Holiday (1946)
Good morning, heartache–
You old gloomy sight.
Good morning, heartache.
Thought we said “goodbye” last night.
I turned and tossed until it seemed you had gone
But here you are with the dawn.
Wish I’d forget you, but you’re here to stay
It seems I met you
When my love went away.
Now everyday I stop I’m saying to you
Good morning, heartache–what’s new?

10. Cry Me a River – Julie London (1955)
You drove me, nearly drove me, out of my head
While you never shed a tear.
Remember, I remember, all that you said:
Told me love was too plebeian.
Told me you were through with me…

11. That Old Feeling – Anita O’Day (1963)
I saw you last night and got that old feeling.
When you came in sight, I got that old feeling.
The moment that you danced by, I felt a thrill.
And when you caught my eye, my heart stood still.

Once again I seemed to feel that old yearning.
Then I knew the spark of love was still burning.
There’ll be no new romance for me–it’s foolish to start–
For that old feeling is still in my heart.

12. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye – Natalie Cole (2004)
Everytime we say goodbye, I die a little.
Everytime we say goodbye, I wonder why a little…
Why the Gods above me, who must be in the know,
Think so little of me, they allow you to go.

13. How Come – Anita O’Day (1945)
I’ve got a guy who says he loves me, so he says!
And every night he’s dreamin’ of me, so he says!
I’m gonna knock on his front door,
I’m gonna find out what’s the score!

How come you don’t love me like you used to, how come?
Ain’t you still my baby? Come, come!
You go runnin’ round datin’
And leave me waitin’,
Oh baby, how come, how come?

14. The Man I Love – Billie Holiday (1939)
Someday he’ll come along–the man I love–
And he’ll be big and strong–the man I love–
And when he comes my way
I’ll do my best to make him stay.

He’ll look at me and smile, I’ll understand.
Then in a little while, he’ll take my hand.
And though it seems absurd
I know we both won’t say a word.


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