Black CoffeeWords & Music by Sonny Burke & Paul Francis Webster, 1948
Recorded by Julie London*, 1960
A G A Bb9 I'm feelin' mighty lonesome, haven't slept a wink; A G A A9 I walk the floor and watch the door, in between I drink D9 Dm Dm6 A Bb9 A F#7 Black coffee -- love's a hand-me-down broom. Bm7 D9 E7 Bm7-5 A F#7 Bm7 F7 E7 I'll never know a Sunday in this weekday room. A G A Bb9 I'm talkin to the shadow one o'clock till four, A G A A9 And Lord, how slow the moments go when all I do is pour D9 Dm Dm6 A Bb9 A F#7 Black coffee since the blues caught my eye; Bm7 D9 E7 Bm7-5 A G#7 G7 F#7 F7 E7 A I'm hangin' out on Monday my Sunday dreams to dry. Bridge: Bb9 Dm Dm7 A Now man is born to come a-lovin', Dm Dm7 Gdim A And a woman's born to weep and fret F7 Bb To stay at home and tend her oven F7 Gdim F7 E7 Fdim E7 And drown her past regrets in coffee and cigarettes. A G A Bb9 I'm moonin' all the mornin', moanin' all the night A G A A9 And in between it's nicotine and not much heart to fight. D9 Dm Dm6 A Bb9 A Black coffee -- feelin' low as the ground. C#7 G7 F#7 D9 Bm7-5 E7 It's drivin' me cra - zy, this waitin' for my baby Fdim E7 Bm7-5 A F#7 Bm7 E7 Fdim A F#7 Bm7 F7 E7 A 'Til he come a - round, 'til he come around.
*One of the great torch songs of all time, it has been done by a wide variety of female singers. Ella Fitzgerald put her stamp on it in 1948, Peggy Lee did it it 1956, Rosemary Clooney recorded it in 1963, K.D.Lang did it in 1988, and even Sinead O'Connoer did a take on it in 1992. It sounds like a song Diana Krall has to get around to eventually.