I Got A Right To Sing The Blues

Bonnie Raitt and Tony Bennett, 2000

Bonnie Raitt and Tony Benntt, 2000


PROFILE
Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Ted Koehler
Year Written 1932
About I Got A Right To Sing The Blues
Arlen and Koehler wrote “I Got A Right To Sing The Blues” for the 1932 Broadway show, Earl Carroll’s Vanities. It has been a blues and jazz standard ever since. Notable recordings include those by Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lean Horne, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.

Lyrics

I gotta right to sing the blues
I gotta right to feel low down
I gotta right to hang around
Down along the river

A certain woman in this town
Keeps draggin’ my poor heart around
All I see for me
Is misery

I gotta right to sing the blues
I gotta right to moan and sigh
I gotta right to sit and cry
Down along the river, the river, the river

I know the deep blue sea
Will soon be callin’ me
It must be love, say what you choose
I gotta right to swing the blues

I gotta right to sing the blues
I gotta right to feel low down
I gotta right to hang around
Down along the river

A certain man on this town
Keeps draggin’ my heart around
And all I see for me
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Is misery

I gotta right to sing the blues
I gotta right to moan and sigh
Gotta right to sit and cry
Down along the river

I know the deep blue sea
Will soon be callin’ me
It must be love, say what you choose
I gotta right to sing the blues

I gotta right to sing the blues
I gotta right to moan and cry
I gotta right to sing the blues
Down along the river

I know the deep blue sea
Uh, that deep blue sea
Will soon be callin’ me
Callin’ me

It must be love, say what you choose
I gotta right to sing the blues
It must be love, say what you choose
We gotta right to sing the blues, the blues
Oh, gotta right to sing the blues

Session / Album Information

2001

“I Got A Right To Sing The Blues,” a duet with Bonnie Raitt, was recorded in May, 2001 and released that same year on Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues. The vocals were arranged by Rob Mathes.

This recording released on:

  • 2001: Columbia CD: CK 85833 — Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues
  • 2011: Disc #67 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK65) Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues

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