"Billie's Blues" as written by and Billie Holiday....
I love my man
I'm a liar if I say I don't
I love my man
I'm a liar if I say I don't
But I'll quit my man
I'm a liar if I say I won't

I've been your slave, baby
Ever since I've been your babe
I've been your slave
Ever since I've been your babe
But before I'll be your dog
I'll see you in your grave

My man wouldn't give me no breakfast
Wouldn't give me no dinner
Squawked about my supper then he put me outdoors
Had the nerve to lay a matchbox on my clothes
I didn't have so many
But I had a long, long ways to go

I ain't good looking
And my hair ain't curled
I ain't good looking
And my hair ain't curled
But my mother, she gave me something
It's going to carry me through this world

Some men like me 'cause I'm happy
Some 'cause I'm snappy
Some call me honey
Others think I've got money

Some say me Billie
Baby, you're built for speed
Now, if you put that all together
Makes me everything a good man needs


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"Billie's Blues" as written by Billie Holiday

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    General CommentI love this song. Billie is simply amazing. But "Had the dark clay make black spots on my clothes" is the wrong lyric. it's "Had the nerve to lay a matchbox on my clothes".
    OAMMon May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentITA w/ the PP about the lyric correction. i had always thought that line meant that her old man set her clothes on fire, but a friend suggested that her old man sold her clothes for a matchbox of dope. makes sense. that'd sure give me the blues.
    girlybaton October 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentah, this article says he was kicking her out. link: weeklywire.com/ww/03-23-98/…
    girlybaton October 09, 2007   Link

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