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Lush Life Billy Strayhorn

(As played by John Coltrane)

Freely A D C  D  C 



    
3

              

I used to vis it all the ver y gay pla ces, Those come what

D  C  D  E F F A D


              
3

      
may pla ces where one re lax es on the ax is of the wheel of life to get the

F D  D  D D C 


          
           
feel of life from jazz and cock tails. The girls I knew had sad and sul len

D  C  D  C  D  E F F


   
3 3

                 
grey fa ces With dis tin gue tra ces that used to be there, you could see where they'd been

A 3 D F D  D  G  C


 
3

               
washed a way by too man y thru the day, twelve o' clock tales. Then
(Faster)
B F F F F
 F G  C

            
      3
you came a long with your si ren song to tempt me to mad ness, I

F F F F
 F

         
     
3
thought for a while that your poig nant smile was tinged with the sad ness
(Slower)
A  B B
           
3
of a great love for me. Ah! yes, I was

E A  E D

        
wrong, a gain I was wrong.
© 1949 Tempo Music 1
(Med. Ballad) ♪= 52
C D  D D  D D F B E D
    
3

         
3 3

      
Life is lone ly a gain and on ly last year ev 'ry thing seemed so sure. Now

D  D D  D D D C F A


   
3

         
3 3

      
life is aw ful a gain, a trough ful of hearts could on ly be a bore. A

A  A E A D D G C A 


 
E   
     
  
3

       
3

           
week in Pa ris will ease the bite of it, All I care is to smile in spite of it

(add 11)
D D  D D  D D 7#9#11 B F B
 
C
     
       
3

 
3 3

   
I'll for get you, I will, while yet you are still burn ing in side my brain. Ro

F B A  A  D  G 


    
               
mance is mush sti fling those who strive, I'll live a lush life in

F B F B A  A  


     
           
  
some small dive, And there I'll be while I rot with the rest of

(Double-time Feel) D.S. al Coda


A   A  B  B C  D D A  D  D D  D
 
      
those whose lives are lone ly too. (First solo begins here)
Solo on CD; after solos, D.S. al Coda

 A   A  B  B C  D


D 
       Solos are in double-time feel swing.

those whose lives are lone ly too.


(molto rit.)

© 1949 Tempo Music 2