The Blues Is All I Ever Had

Words & Music by Bobby Troup
Recorded by Julie London, 1957

Intro:  ||:  E  -  D9 :||

E                 D9                E           D9
Some folks always seem to find the good things,

E               Bm7-5             E7
Other folks get mixed up with the bad;

      A             Edim           E           C#m7
Don't ask me what I know about the good things --

     AM7     F#m   B7   E7
The blues is all I ever had.

    E                   D9                E      D9
To some, the earth's a world of friendly faces,

E              Bm7-5             E7
For those lucky few, I'm awful glad;

A                   Edim            E       C#m7
My world's been a string of second places --

     AM7     F#m   B7   E7
The blues is all I ever had.

Am7              Cdim                 G    Em7
When I first met him, I thought that maybe

Am7                  Cdim           G
He could change this lonely life I led;

C                   Cm     Cm7-5       C     Am
When he smiled and said, "I love you, baby,"

Silly girl, I b'lieved each word he said.

  E                 D9              E         D9
Guess it's time for me to say "good bye" now --

E              Bm7-5             E7
Didn't mean to leave you feelin' sad.

A                    Edim               E       C#m7
Since he's gone, what is there left to try now?

    AM7      F#m   B7   C   E7
The blues is all I ev - er had.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.