She’s Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)

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PROFILE
Composer Duke Ellington
Lyricist Paul Francis Webster
Year Written 1941
About She’s Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
This song’s actual title is “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good). It was written for Ivie Anderson, who sang it in a revue called Jump For Joy. Anderson also recorded the song in 1941 with saxophonist Johnny Hodges that was well-recieved. The song has been widely recorded.

Lyrics

Never treats her sweet and gentle, the way he should
She’s got it bad and that aint good
Her poor heart is sentimental, not made of wood
She’s got it bad and that ain’t good

But when the weekend’s over and Monday rolls around
She ends up like she starts out, just cryin’ her heart out
He don’t love her like she loves him,nobody could
She’s got it bad and that ain’t good

Though folks with good intentions, tell her to save her tears
She’s glad she’s mad about him, she can’t live without him
Lord above me, make him love her the way he should
She’s got it bad and that ain’t good

Session / Album Information

1999

“She’s Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” was recorded in May 1999 and released that same year on the album Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 63668 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2011: Disc #65 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK63) Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool

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