Undecided Blues

Jimmy Rushing

Jimmy Rushing


PROFILE
Songwriter Jimmy Rushing
Year Written 1941
About Undecided Blues
“Undecided Blues” was written in 1941 by blues shouter Jimmy Rushing (also known as Five-by-Five, due to his stature). Rushing was born in Oklahoma City into to a musical family; his father was trumpet player and his mother a singer. He started his career as an itinerant blues singer in the early 1920s. He sang with Jelly Roll Morton and other early jazz orchestras before joining the Bennie Moten band in 1929. When Moten died in 1935, he joined the Count Basie Orchestra, which was his home for many years. Rushing with the Count Basie Orchestra first recorded “Undecided Blues” in 1941. Jimmy Rushing died from leukemia in 1972.

Lyrics

Sometimes I think I do
Then again, I think I don’t
Sometimes I think I do
Then again, I think I don’t
Sometimes I think I will
Then again, I think I won’t

Tell you why
Early one Monday morning
Long about nine or ten
Early one Monday morning
Long about nine or ten
Thought about my baby
Wish I could see her smilin’ face again

If you love your baby
Tell the world you do
If you love your baby
Tell the world you do
There’s comin’ a day
Your baby will learn to love you too
Yeah

Session / Album Information

2001

“Undecided Blues” 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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