A true West Coast blues classic.

How Blue Can You Get was recorded by many artists, including Duke Ellington, Magic Slim, the Blues Brothers and even Cyndi Lauper! But when B.B. King recorded his own version in 1963, the song was a major hit – it notably reached number 97 in the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Eventually, How Blue Can You Get became a staple in the artist’s live shows.

We just love the caustic lyrics combined with Mr BB King’s simple arrangements.

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I’ve been downhearted baby

Ever since the day we met

I said I’ve been downhearted baby

Ever since the day we met

Our love is nothing but the blues, woman

Baby, how blue can you get?

You’re evil when I’m with you

And you are jealous when we’re apart

Yes, I said you’re evil

You’re so evil when I’m with you, baby

And you are jealous when we’re apart

How blue can you get, baby?

The answer’s is right here in my heart

I gave you a brand-new Ford

You said I want a Cadillac

I bought you a ten dollar dinner

You said thanks for the snack

I let you live in my penthouse

You said it was just a shack

I gave you seven children

And now you want to give them back

Yes, I’ve been downhearted baby

Ever since the day we met

I said our love is nothing but the blues

Baby, how blue can you get?

Source: Lyrics from Metro Lyrics

Album: Blues in My Heart 

Title: How Blue Can You Get?

Artist: B.B. King

Release: 1963 

Label: A.B.C. Records

Writer: Leonard Feather