Colour Of The Blues

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Up above me are the skies
Like the twinkle in your eye
Blue must be the colour of the blues
In the mail, the letters came
The ink and paper look the same
Blue must be the colour of the blues

Bluebird singin' in the tree
Seems to sympathize with me
'Cause he's not singin' like he used to do
Pretty waters in the sea
Feel as cold as you left me
Blue must be the colour of the blues

Blue days come and blue days go
The way I feel, nobody knows
Life is finally empty without you
There's a blue note in each song
That I sing since you've been gone
Blue must be the colour of the blues

There's a blue note in each song
That I sing since you've been gone
Blue must be the colour of the blues

Colour Of The Blues
Written byLawton Williams & George Jones
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byBilly Sherrill
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
John McFee - guitar
Tommy Millar - fiddle
RecordedMay 18-29, 1981, CBS Studio A, Nashville
ReleasedOctober 23, 1981
AlbumsAlmost Blue, 1981
PromosElvis Costello Introduces... The Tracks From His New Album 'Almost Blue', 1981
Excerpts From The Album 'Almost Blue', 1981
Length2:18

First known performance:
March 28, 1981, London, England
Last known performance:
April 26, 2010, Atlanta, GA
     (12 known performances)


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Elvis Costello Introduces... The Tracks From His New Album 'Almost Blue'Elvis Costello Introduces The Tracks From His New Album Almost Blue album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

  • George Jones, A-side of single, 1958; re-recorded version on Starday Presents, 1965
  • Red Sovine, A-side of single and on The One And Only, 1961
  • Loretta Lynn, on Loretta Lynn Sings, 1963
  • Pete Drake, on The Amazing And Incredible Pete Drake, 1965
  • The Willis Brothers, on Wild Side Of Life, 1966
  • Skeeter Davis, on Hillbilly Singer, 1973

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