Billie Holiday "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"

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It's quarter to three, there's no one in the place
Except you and me
So set 'em' up joe, I got a little sto...
It's quarter to three, there's no one in the place
Except you and me
So set 'em' up joe, I got a little story you autta know

We're drinking my friend, to the end
Of a brief episode
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

I know the routine, put another nickel
In the machine
I'm feelin so bad, I hope they make the music
dreamy and sad

I could tell you a lot, but it's not
In a gentleman's code
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

You'd never know it, but buddy i'm a kind of poet
And i've got a lot of things i'd like to say
And if i'm gloomy, please listen to me
Till it's talked away

Well that's how it goes, and joe i know your gettin'
Anxious to close
Thanks for the cheer
I hope you didn't mind
My bending your ear

But this torch that i found, it's gotta be drowned
Or it's gonna explode
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

Writen by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.

Originally writen for Fred Astaire.

Many artist have recorded One For My Baby including Frank Sinatra, but the first time I ever heard this song was when Bette Midler sang to Johnny Carson on his final Tonite Show. I also have the Lena Horne version on a 78 that I play on my 1917 Victor Victrola. All verions are beautiful in their own way but no one creates a mood like Lady Day.
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