Billie Holiday

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Wed Apr 6 17:10:28 UTC 2005

George Thompson wrote, of "Billie's Blues":
> This song, which she wrote, contains the
> line "I have been your slave ever since I have been your babe" -- the
> line is repeated twice in the stanza and the stnaza is usually sung
> twice in the performance, at the beginning and at the end.
> In nearly all repetitions of this verse I clearly hear her singing "I
> have been your slave |every| since I have been your babe"  Is this
> found from other speakers?

My version is from the CD "The Billie Holiday Songbook", and yes, she
definitely says "every".

Jim Parish

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