Mister Blue

Collaborator: John Jiler (lyrics)

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Associated Artists: Derrick Baskin, Chuck Cooper, Maurice Murphy

MISTER BLUE
Music by Georgia Stitt
Lyrics by John Jiler
from BIG RED SUN

LYRICS:

WENT CRAWLIN’ UP TO A CAT IN THE CITY
TOLD HIM I NEEDED TO SEE MR. BLUE.
HE SAID TO GO KILL SOME TIME WITH MY KITTY,
COME BACK TO SEE HIM AT A QUARTER TO TWO.

WENT SLINKIN’ OFF WITH MY LITTLE ALICE.
FOUND US A JOINT KNOWN AS ‘CHEZ SO AND SO’.
A LONG TIME AGO IT SHINED LIKE A PALACE,
NOW NO PLACE IN HARLEM WILL TAKE YOU SO LOW.

STEPPIN’ DOWN THE AVENUE
BACK WHEN EVERY HEART WAS TRUE.
ZORA NEALE AND LANGSTON TOO,
TALKIN’ FRENCH “COMMENT VAS-TU?”

SABLE STOLES AND LOW-BRIMMED HATS.
LEMON DRESSES, RED CRAVATS.
HELLO DUKE, DUBOSE AND FATS!
HOW YOU LIKE MY CREAMY SPATS?

NOW THOSE CATS IS GONE LIKE THE SNOWFLAKES.
NOBODY STEPPIN’ DOWN NO AVENUE.
COLD WINTER WIND BLOWIN’ SORROW AND BAD BREAKS.
NO POET HERE BUT OLD MISTER BLUE.

COUNTIN’ THE MINUTES TO MY SWEET APPOINTMENT.
CLOCK CREEPIN’ UP ON A QUARTER TO TWO.
CAT GONNA GIVE ME MY PRECIOUS OINTMENT
IN A NEEDLE THAT SHINES LIKE THE SUN BREAKIN’ THROUGH!

AND THE SKY OPENS UP TO A HEAVENLY VIEW!
IT WILL GIVE YOU THAT COLOR SO DEEP AND SO TRUE!
YES THE SKY OPENS UP TO A HEAVENLY VIEW!
KNEW I COULD COUNT ON OLD MISTER BLUE.
YES I KNEW I COULD COUNT ON OLD MISTER BLUE.