Stormy Weather

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PROFILE
Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Ted Koehler
Year Written 1933
About Stormy Weather
Written during Arlen’s association with Cotton Club, “Stormy Weather” was first sung by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club in 1933. Lena Horne, who sang with Tony Bennett in the 1970s, recorded this song in 1941 and remains strongly associated with it. It has also been recorded by Kay Starr, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Lyrics

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time

Life is bare, gloom and mis’ry everywhere
Stormy weather
Just can’t get my poor self together
I’m weary all the time, the time
So weary all the time

When he went away
The blues walked in and met me
If he stays away, old rockin’ chair will get me
All I do is pray, the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more

Can’t go on, ev’rything I had is gone
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time
Keeps rainin’ all the time

When he went away
The blues walked in and met me
If he stays away, old rockin’ chair will get me
All I do is pray, the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more

Can’t go on, ev’rything I had is gone
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time
Keeps rainin’ all the time

Session / Album Information

2001

“Stormy Weather,” a duet with Natalie Cole, was recorded in June 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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