Lyrics by Andy Razaf

Music by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Harry Brooks

Cold, empty bed,

Springs hard as lead,

Pains in my head,

Feel like old Ned.

What did I do To be so black and blue?

No joys for me,

No company,

Even the mouse

Ran from my house,

All my life through

I've been so Black and blue.

I'm white inside,

But that don't help my case.

'Cause I can't hide

What is on my face,


I'm so forlorn,

Life's just a thorn,

My heart is torn,

Why was I born?

What did I do to be so

Black and blue?

[Alternative lyrics

for the last verse]

I'm sad inside,

But it don't help my case

'Cause I can't hide

All the sorrow

That's on my face.