Oh Lady Be Good
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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Listen to my tale of woe
It's terribly sad but true
All dressed up, no place to go
Each evening I'm awfully blue

I must win some handsome guy
Can't go on like this
I could blossom out I know
With somebody just like you
So

Oh, sweet and lovely lady, be good
Oh, lady, be good to me
I am so awfully misunderstood
So lady, be good to me

Oh, please have some pity
I'm all alone in this big city
I tell you I'm just a lonesome babe in the wood
So lady be good to me

Oh, please have some pity
I'm all alone in this big city
I tell you I'm just a lonesome babe in the wood




So lady be good to me
Oh, lady be good to me

Overall Meaning

The song "Oh Lady Be Good" by Ella Fitzgerald is a jazz standard that tells a tale of loneliness and longing for a romantic partner. The lyrics describe the singer's frustration with being all dressed up with nowhere to go, each evening feeling blue and alone in the big city. The singer expresses a desire to find a handsome guy who will understand her and make her feel loved. The repeated refrain of "Oh, lady be good to me" is a plea for the singer's potential lover to have pity on her and to treat her well.


The lyrics convey a sense of vulnerability that is often associated with jazz music. The singer is looking for love and acceptance, and the upbeat tempo of the song contrasts sharply with the feelings of loneliness expressed in the lyrics. The repetition of the line "Oh, lady be good to me" emphasizes the desperate plea of the singer and creates a sense of urgency in the song. Overall, the song conveys a sense of hopefulness that perhaps the right person will hear the singer's plea and respond with kindness.


Line by Line Meaning

Listen to my tale of woe
Hear me out as I recount my heartbreaking story


It's terribly sad but true
Unfortunately, my story is one of great sorrow and it is entirely accurate


All dressed up, no place to go
Despite being prepared and fashionable, I have nowhere to be


Each evening I'm awfully blue
Every night, I am overcome with melancholy


I must win some handsome guy
It is imperative that I win over a good-looking man


Can't go on like this
I cannot continue living in this miserable situation


I could blossom out I know
I am aware that with the right partner, I could truly come into my own and thrive


With somebody just like you
It is precisely someone like yourself that I am seeking


Oh, sweet and lovely lady, be good
My dear, kind-hearted lady, please act kindly towards me


Oh, lady, be good to me
Please, I implore you, act benevolently towards me


I am so awfully misunderstood
I feel as though nobody truly comprehends my struggles


Oh, please have some pity
Please feel compassion for my plight


I'm all alone in this big city
I am isolated and without companionship in this metropolis


I tell you I'm just a lonesome babe in the wood
I am simply a young, forlorn person who is lost and seeking guidance


So lady be good to me
Once again, I plead with you to show me kindness and generosity




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

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Comments from YouTube:

@josephwilliams90

You’re good Ella too good

@lauriewinestock4195

THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ELLA!!!!!! once again worshiping at the church of ELLA!!! ELLA was one of the greatest musicians ever. She sings like she has a WHOLE BAND of INSTRUMENTS in her voice.

@lauriewinestock4195

DON'T forget this is LIVE! .. .... absolutely perfect in every note ... in every way ... and so filled with musical JOY !!!!!

@howardthrongard640

How did she do that? Unbelievable. She was such an impressive singer.

@kindell1

A performance where you can't dispute the fact that it's live. Do you hear that sound quality?! She hardly had time to breathe, and stayed on key the whole time. Genius

@careydyer--musicandmore

She was one-of-a-kind.

@Blackjesus3

Love her

@OnlyLoveCan38

The one, the only Ella Fitzgerald. Perfect Pitch.

@stevequaranta9

Wow.A musical genius at work. Lady Ella is amazing. 😁 She soars through lady be good effortlessly.Perfect pitch all the way through.She is the Queen!

@tassonpa

Amazing. More Ella please please please.

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