Invitation to the Blues
Julie London Lyrics


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My heart was all dressed up to go dancing
I had a brand new shine on my views
The roses you sent for
The line that I went for
Was just an invitation to the blues

The very thought of love was entrancing
I figured I had nothing to lose
Your smile so elusive, your kiss so exclusive
Was just an invitation to the blues

I went to town, priced a wedding gown
Put my little red book on the shelf
Hired a hall, got the band and all
And marched down the aisle by myself
I guess you can't depend on romancing
It puts your heart right down in your shoes




Instead of a wedding for which I was heading
I got an invitation to blues

Overall Meaning

"Invitation to the Blues" is a song written by Tom Waits, which was later covered by many popular artists such as Ray Price, Peggy Lee, and Julie London. While the song's melody is fairly upbeat, the lyrics are rather melancholic, detailing a love that was never meant to be. The song revolves around a woman's heartache as she realizes that the man she loves is never going to reciprocate her feelings. The roses and line that the singer falls for are merely a ruse, and the man eventually leaves her heartbroken.


The chorus of "Invitation to the Blues" highlights the theme of heartbreak and loss: "I got an invitation to the blues / And I don't know what to say / I've had a million invitations / And I've only been up this way." The singer was planning a wedding, but she finds out the hard way that love isn't always happy and that you can't always rely on it. The imagery used in the song is also worth noting, as it deepens the theme of sadness and longing. When the singer realizes that the man she loves doesn't feel the same way, she feels like "her heart's right down in her shoes." The song's final line, "I got an invitation to blues," is particularly poignant because it highlights how the singer's whole world has been turned upside down.


Line by Line Meaning

My heart was all dressed up to go dancing
I was looking forward to a night of happiness and enjoyment


I had a brand new shine on my views
I felt optimistic and positive about life


The roses you sent for
Your gesture of sending me flowers


The line that I went for
The sweet words you said to me


Was just an invitation to the blues
But it turned out to be a trap that led to sadness and heartache


The very thought of love was entrancing
Love seemed so alluring and captivating


I figured I had nothing to lose
I felt like I had nothing to lose by pursuing love


Your smile so elusive, your kiss so exclusive
Your smile and kiss were hard to get, which made them seem more desirable


Was just an invitation to the blues
But they only led me to sadness and heartache


I went to town, priced a wedding gown
I went shopping for a wedding dress


Put my little red book on the shelf
I put away my book of names and numbers of potential lovers


Hired a hall, got the band and all
I made arrangements for a big wedding celebration


And marched down the aisle by myself
But I ended up walking down the aisle alone


I guess you can't depend on romancing
I learned that love and romance aren't always reliable sources of happiness


It puts your heart right down in your shoes
In fact, they can often lead to great disappointment and sadness


Instead of a wedding for which I was heading
I had planned for a big wedding


I got an invitation to blues
But instead, my dreams were crushed and I was left with nothing but heartache




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Comments from YouTube:

gerard carriere

la classe absolue !!! magnifique femme et magnifique chanteuse ...........

S Y

She looks like a siren, too! Yummy!

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