Have I talked about this before? I’m sure I have…ANYWAYZZZZ
Jazz is legit the way into my heart. Music, Streisand, Horne (The Lena one) and anything NOT chocolate. I love me some Horn, even more so I love me some Billy Strayhorn “Lush Life.” It’s a song which took the Duke Ellington composer/bandleader five years to perfect. It finally made its public debut in 1948, when Strayhorn and singer Kay Davis performed it.
It’s complex construction and weary lyrics take the listener through a dream like drunken stupor, telling the story of person who wastes their life away with jazz and booze after a failed romance (umm this is getting ironic)
Lets just look at the verses that killed me….
“Then you came along, with your siren song, to tempt me to madness…I thought for a while that your poignant smile was tinged with the sadness of a great love for me… I guess I was wrong… oh yes I was wrong.”
“I’ll forget you I will, while yet you are still burning inside my brain. Romance is mush, stifling those who strive. I’ll live a lush life in some small dive. And there, I’ll be… while I rot with of those whose lives are lonely too….”
Damnit. Tell me you’re not totally just done?! Pure lyrical genius.
I’m posting both Strayhorn and Gaga’s versions because, for me the only person aside from Strayhorn who killed me with the delivery was Mother Monster.
Cry… faint… contemplate life… wonder how you woke up on that floor and enjoy….