Sit there, hmm, count your fingers.
What else, what else is there to do ?
Oh and I know how you feel,
I know you feel that you’re through.
Oh wah wah ah sit there, hmm, count,
Ah, count your little fingers,
My unhappy oh little girl, little girl blue, yeah.

Oh sit there, oh count those raindrops
Oh, feel ’em falling down, oh honey all around you.
Honey don’t you know it’s time,
I feel it’s time,
Somebody told you ‘cause you got to know
That all you ever gonna have to count on
Or gonna wanna lean on
It’s gonna feel just like those raindrops do
When they’re falling down, honey, all around you.
Oh, I know you’re unhappy.

Oh sit there, ah go on, go on
And count your fingers.
I don’t know what else, what else
Honey have you got to do.
And I know how you feel,
And I know you ain’t got no reason to go on
And I know you feel that you must be through.
Oh honey, go on and sit right back down,
I want you to count, oh count your fingers,
Ah my unhappy, my unlucky
And my little, oh, girl blue.
I know you’re unhappy,
Ooh ah, honey I know,
Baby I know just how you feel.

Lyrics submitted by capitol76

Little Girl Blue song meanings
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  • +2
    General Comment

    This song always brings tears to my eyes when I'm singing it with her recording. You can just feel the pain man. It captivates you in this song. In the end though you know you aren't alone in this. Because she tells you she knows how you feel.

    FantomeFleuron May 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    My mom died April 7th, 2016. She requested this song be played at her funeral. Im an addict struggling to get clean. I know she played this for me. I miss her so much.

    Tonijoon May 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It looks pretty dry as raw lyrics; this one has to be heard. It's so intensely sad, moving, and sums-up Janis' life; the lonely girl behind the don'-gimme-no-shit exterior. This is definitely the other side of her from Ego Rock!

    Libraquariuson November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Libraquarius is absolutely right. Nothing to add really, but the last line of the song is also the best and gets me pretty much every time.

    dragzon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It amazes me that so many Janis fans have never heard this song. I think its probably one of her finest pieces. I first discovered this song one night, listening to my Kosmic Blues record and cleaning my house on a fall evening. I've loved it ever since. I feel like Janis is sitting next to me and singing it with me. LOL and I just realized that I am one year older than Janis was when she died. :(

    gawdesson December 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    She actually picked this up from Nina Simone.

    zenwithchaoson January 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I get the feeling that she's not singing to me but to herlself. Even if lines like "I know how you feel" could contradict this, it's like she's making a distance dividing herself in two while pondering her situation so it hurts less (sort of like in "The man who sold the world").

    And I could say the same about Nina Simone's version, but in that one you don't get the "smile while crying" vibe Janis' song gives. You could say this is provided by the guitar, but somehow it's also her performance.

    valleortigaon June 17, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    i never heard this song before, until 2010, when i was in my 40's. i closed my eyes, and felt the lonliness of a mother wishing she could hold her missed child as she imagined she was rocking that child. i knew just how she must have felt. "Somebody got to tell you cause you ought to know.. my unhappy littl girl blue....i know your unhappy.. baby i know just how you feel... it was a lullabye.. for a child with little fingers.. a secret lullaby

    dody108817on August 05, 2022   Link

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