Blues In The Night

Words & Music:

Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen (1941)


Written for the film "Hot Nocturne", this song became so popular that

the movie was re-titled "Blues in the Night"



My mama done tol' me, when I was in kneepants,


My mama done tol' me, "Son,


A woman'll sweet talk, and give ya the big eye,

     B7       E7             A 

But when the sweet talkin's done,

     E7                Am7                      E7

A woman's a two-face, a worrisome thing who'll leave ya t' sing

      A    D9           A

The blues      in the night."



A7                         E7       Am7    D7

Now the rain's a-fallin', hear the train a-callin',


"Whoo-ee." (My mama done tol' me,)

   D9                      Dm6                 E7

Hear that lonesome whistle blowin' 'cross the trestle,

  A                                  E7

"Whoo-ee." (My mama done tol' me.) A whoo-ee-duh whoo-ee,


B7                  E7                A   D9        A

Ol' clickety clack's a-echoin' back  the blues   in the night.


            D9                  Dm6

The evening breeze'll start the trees to cryin'

E7       C7                B+       F#7-5    Am6   B7  E7       Dm6  E7

And the moon'll hide it's light when you get the blues in the night;

  D9                      Dm6     E7       C7               B+

Take my word, the mockingbird'll sing the saddest kind of song,

  F#m7-5            Am6           B7        E7       Dm6    Gm6      E7

He knows things are wrong, and he's right.


From Natchez to Mobile, from Memphis to Saint Joe,

Wherever the four winds blow;

I've been in some big towns and heard me some big talk,

But there is one thing I know:

A woman's a two-face, a worrisome thing who'll leave ya t' sing

The blues in the night.





A                   A7     B7                E7

Oooo  -  oooo   -  oooo, oooo  -  oooo   -  oooo,

    B7                    E7sus4         A

My mama was right, there's blues in the night.


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