Lush Life
John Coltrane Lyrics


I used to visit all the very gay places
Those come-what-may places
Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life
To get the feel of life from jazz and cocktails

The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
With distinguish traces that used to be there
You could see where they'd been washed away
By too many through the day, twelve O'clock tales
Then you came along with your siren song
To tempt me to madness
I thought for awhile that your poignant smile
Was tinged with the sadness of a great love for me
Ah, yes, I was wrong, again, I was wrong

Life is lonely again and only last year
Everything seemed so sure
Now life is awful again a trough full of hearts
Could only be a bore

A week in Paris could ease the bite of it
All I care is to smile in spite of it
I'll forget you, I will while yet you are still
Burning inside my brain

Romance is mush stifling those who strive
I'll live a lush life in some small dive
And there I'll be while I rot with the rest
Of those whose lives are lonely too

Romance is mush stifling those who strive
I'll live a lush life in some small dive
And there I'll be while I rot with the rest
Of those whose lives are lonely too

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Written by: Billy Strayhorn

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Comments from YouTube:

TAMURA Takanori

My first record, 40 years ago! What the hell? It's my everything.

Edward Windvogel

jazz at it's best.

ribb1t

It is such a lyrical piece , when I hear it being played I hear the lyrics also . Either Nat “ King” Cole or Johnny Hartman . Obviously the prodigy Billy Strayhorn who wrote this while a teenager , what else can be said .
You know something sticks to you when John revisited this composition twice on vinyl . Gorgeous

Peaceful Pansy

I can't be the only one in my generation who loves this music! Ah! This is fantastic! 

TenBroeck

I am a little older and feel the same way. That's NOT bad! Everyone else is boring young lady. F*** em'

Kevin Stewart

Welcome to the Gospel of John...

Chadhardt

Yes, you are the only one of your generation being capable of enjoying this!, you are just that special.

Willie Brown

You're not.

Janice Reidlinger

I bought the album probably 30 years ago. Fell in love with his music. I’ve been playing it off and on ever since, and going to jazz clubs when I can. I used to play this piece at night when I couldn’t get to sleep. It was like my lullaby.

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dim1309

Thank you so much for this poem.

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