From the recording Wayward Woman - Jazz / Blues
'Black Coffee' was published in 1948. Sarah Vaughan charted with this song in 1949 on Columbia. Peggy Lee first released her version in 1953. Ella Fitzgerald, in 1960. Other versions recorded include artists such as Julie London, Petula Clarke, Marianne Faithfull, Sinead O'Connor, The Pointer Sisters and k.d. lang.
Artist: Nicole Nehemia, Vocals
Jason Nehill, Electric Bass Guitar
Neil Richardson, Drums
Dean James, Guitar
Liam Keely, Hammond
Nicholas Pearce, Saxophone
David Hedges, Trombone
REVIEW BY PBS RADIO (106.7FM Melbourne):
**** Track 7 - Black Coffee" Music was written by Sonny Bourke and the lyrics were written by Paul Francis Webster. It was said the music was based on 'What's Your Story Morning Glory' written by Mary Lou Williams in 1938.
"This steamy torch song was made famous by arguably one of music's great torch singers Sarah Vaughan in 1948.
"A difficult song to sing, but this is such a wonderfully emotive version of the song with plenty of light and shade in the vocals. This has added to the story line and the seductive nature of the story.
"These vocals are certainly mesmerizing as they spin a web around the listener drawing you into the story tighter and tighter ..... The orchestration has a wonderful dramatic feel to it that adds to the story giving the sound a true forties feel and also with that traditional Blues feel ...
"Big, bold and brassy !
"This one just ambles along seamlessly telling it's seductive story ... drawing you right in.
~ Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7FM Melbourne, Malt Shop Hop
I'm feeling mighty lonesome
Haven't slept a wink
I walk the floor and watch the door
And in between I drink
Love's a hand me down brew
I'll never know a Sunday
In this weekday room
I'm talking to the shadows
One o'clock to four
And Lord, how slow the moments go
When all I do is pour
Since the blues caught my eye
I'm hanging out on Monday
My Sunday dreams to dry
Now a man is born to go a lovin'
A woman's born to weep and fret
To stay at home and tend her oven
And drown her past regrets
In coffee and cigarettes
I'm moody all the morning
Mourning all the night
And in between it's nicotine
And not much heart to fight
Feelin' low as the ground
It's driving me crazy just waiting for my baby
To maybe come around
My nerves have gone to pieces
My hair is turning gray
All I do is drink black coffee
Since my man's gone away