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I've got a lovesick tale to tell to you
Though it ain't no affair of mine
It's 'bout a gal named Sue
and a boy named Lou
They were fighting all the time
Sue came home one afternoon
And found an empty dining room
Without a word her turtledove had flown
She began to moan
My sweetie went away
but he didn't say where
He didn't say when,
he didn't say why
Or bid me goodbye;
I'm blue as I can be……….
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Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Bessie Smith photograph by Carl Van Vechten
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Bessie Smith was the most popular blues singer of the 1920s and 30s.
She became known as Empress of the Blues.This recording, probably from 1923, features clarinet and piano. Other notable recordings of this song were by Dolly Kay, Teresa Brewer and The Californian Ramblers society band. Some versions were for mechanical piano. The music was written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman. Jazz Pilgrims have a chord chart for My Sweetie Went Away
Bessie Smith achieved fame with her 1923 recording of DownHearted Blues.
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MY SWEETIE WENT AWAY