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Loveless Love

    (W.C. Handy)

Transcribed from Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, recorded March 27, 1931.
From Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, 1925-1935; The Chronogical Classics 783.

Love, oh, love, oh, loveless love,
Has set our hearts on goalless goals,
From milkless milk and silkless silk,
We are growing used to soulless souls.

Such tragic times we never saw,
That's why we have proficient law,
In everything we find a flaw,
Even love, oh, love, oh, loveless love.


    (W.C. Handy)

Transcribed from the Dixieland Jazz Group of NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, from vocals by Lena Horne, recorded June 23, 1941.
From Lena Horne, L'Art Vocal, vol. 11. La Selection1935-1941; DK 025.
Photograph of Lena Horne.

Love, oh love, oh, careless love,
You fly right to my head like wine,
You've wrecked the life of many a gal,
And you nearly wrecked this life of mine.

If I was a little bird,
I would fly from tree to tree;
I'd build my nest up in the air,
Where the bad boys couldn't bother me.

Now I wear my apron high,
Now I wear my apron high,
Now I wear my apron high,
And he never, never passes by.


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Published 2/26/99.
Updated 1/29/00.

Lena Horne starred in the movie, Stormy Weather. Read our review of the movie.


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