Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Thelonious Monk Lyrics


I don't want you, but I'd hate to lose you
You've got me in between the devil and the deep blue sea
I forgive you, 'cause I can't forget you
You've got me in between the devil and the deep blue sea

[Repeat: x2]
I ought to cross you off my list
But when you come a-knocking at my door
Fate seems to give my heart a twist
And I come running back for more
I should hate you, but I guess I love you
You've got me in between the devil and the deep blue sea

You've got me in between the devil and the deep blue sea
The devil and the deep blue sea

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Written by: HAROLD ARLEN, TED KOEHLER

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Blind Man Bert

I’ve listened to so much live and recorded Thelonious Monk. Some of his songs are distinctively dissonant or arhythmic as only Monk could do, some more playful and lyrical. This is my all-time favorite composition which perfectly melds those two sensibilities. Also, it’s rare to hear a solo piano piece composed, but also hugely improvised, by one of jazz’s masters. I can’t fit enough Monk in my day. There’s too much out there…

jamestoneychin

this is one of those songs i listen to and think, the person who performed this is a literal genius

KOBUN40

He is.

agustin e. Alvarez

Play with the rhythm, the harmony and even the theme, only a genius like he could do it.

James Burmester

Incredible beyond words

AREA RC-51

So strange this only has 37K views after 9 years... reinforces the obscurity of this track but I think it's one of the best solo piano pieces recorded... Funny thing is that I actually got turned on to this album by Kirk Hammett of all people... read an interview and Kirk talked about Straight No Chaser as being one of his favorite albums.

hot water

@Blind Man Bert The song's actually a cover of the popular song published in 1932 with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Ted Koehler. 

Super Dynamite

My favorite piano piece EVER!

Super Dynamite

@Blind Man Bert
Exactly!!!!

Ryan Nolan

Could be my favorite jazz tune ever. Thank you.

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