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Song Lyrics

I could have been a gambler

`coz I`m good with the cards

I could have been a lover

breakin` other`s hearts

and I feel so silly

bettin` on the dice

and a lover seldom sees

the same girl twice

and that is why (that is why)

that`s why I chose (that`s why I chose)

I chose to sing the blues, yes I did

now, I could have been a doctor

helping the sick

and I could have been a lawyer

but you know that ain`t my stick

`coz I feel so bad

if a patient didn`t do well

and I feel just as bad

to leave a client in jail

and that is why (that is why)

that`s why I chose (that`s why I chose)

I chose to sing the blues

(sax solo)

Now a man has a lot

that he could present

just to think I could have been


but I can`t understand

what politicians say

so I wanna talk to you

in my own little way

and that is why (that is why)

that`s why I chose (that`s why I chose)

I chose to sing the blues

Yes I did, friends

Don`t you know what I mean

I like what I`m doin`

You know, I like the blues

Everybody understands

What I mean when I say

Something like this here




That`s what I`m talkin` `bout when I sing


Release History

The Ray Charles song "I Chose To Sing The Blues" appears on the following albums:
Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

  1. Confession Blues (2:30)
  2. Eleanor Rigby (2:57)
  3. Hide 'nor Hair (3:08)
  4. Let the Good Times Roll (2:54)
  5. Living For The City (6:07)
  6. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand (3:03)
  7. Come Rain or Come Shine (3:42)
  8. I Can't Stop Loving You (4:13)
  9. Till There Was You (4:10)
  10. Yesterday (2:49)
  11. Am I Blue (4:05)
  12. Bye Bye Love (2:10)
  13. Kissa Me Baby (3:14)
  14. Understanding (3:07)
  15. Born to Lose (3:16)
  16. Drifting Blues (6:26)
  17. How Long Has This Been Going On? (5:25)
  18. It Should've Been Me (2:45)
  19. Don't You Know (2:55)
  20. Here We Go Again (3:15)
  21. I'm Movin' On (2:29)
  22. The Jealous Kind (4:41)
  23. You Don't Know Me (3:16)
  24. Come Back Baby (3:05)
  25. In The Heat Of The Night (2:33)
  26. Is There Anyone Out There? (6:00)
  27. My Baby (I Love Her, Yes I Do) (3:02)
  28. You Are My Sunshine (3:00)
  29. Don't You Love Me Anymore? (5:32)
  30. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You? (2:55)
  31. I've Got a Woman (2:53)
  32. Sticks and Stones (2:14)
  33. Your Cheating Heart (3:34)
  34. A Fool for You (3:02)
  35. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (4:55)
  36. I Wonder (2:31)
  37. One Of These Days (3:35)
  38. Take These Chains from My Heart (2:56)
  39. Georgia on My Mind (3:39)
  40. If It Wasn't For Bad Luck (4:55)
  41. Seven Spanish Angels (3:54)
  42. The Brightest Smile In Town (2:49)
  43. This Little Girl Of Mine (2:32)
  44. Blackjack (2:19)
  45. Them That Got (2:51)
  46. We Can Make It (3:45)
  47. We Didn't See A Thing (2:12)
  48. Without Love (There Is Nothing) (3:40)
  49. Busted (2:33)
  50. Don't Change On Me (3:05)
  51. Greenbacks (2:51)
  52. Ruby (3:53)
  53. Two Old Cats Like Us (2:37)
  54. Drown in My Own Tears (3:19)
  55. Feel So Bad (3:13)
  56. Hardhearted Hannah (3:17)
  57. Shake Your Tailfeather (2:50)
  58. That Lucky Old Sun (4:24)
  59. Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:30)
  60. I'll Be Good To You (4:56)
  61. I've Got News for You (4:29)
  62. Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma (3:41)
  63. Ol' Man River (5:31)
  64. Lonely Avenue (2:35)
  65. One Mint Julep (3:06)
  66. Smack Dab In The Middle (3:21)
  67. Spirit in the Dark (reprise feat. Ray Charles) (8:15)
  68. That's Where It's At (3:15)
  69. A Song For You (4:17)
  70. Booty-Butt (4:16)
  71. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (3:43)
  72. Leave My Woman Alone (2:42)
  73. Makin' Whoopee! (6:19)
  74. Ain't That Love (2:56)
  75. Hit The Road Jack (1:58)
  76. I Can Make It Thru The Days (But Oh Those Lonely Nights) (3:56)
  77. Still Crazy After All These Years (6:24)
  78. Without A Song (Parts 1 & 2) (6:34)
  79. Rainy Night in Georgia (6:16)
  80. Swanee River Rock (2:19)
  81. The Cincinnati Kid (2:25)
  82. The Danger Zone (2:22)
  83. America The Beautiful (3:36)
  84. Crying Time (2:57)
  85. My Bonnie (2:47)
  86. Unchain My Heart (2:47)
  87. But on The Other Hand Baby (3:11)
  88. Let's Go Get Stoned (2:59)
  89. Rockhouse Parts 1 & 2 (3:53)
  90. [silence] (0:00)
  91. Baby, It's Cold Outside (4:09)
  92. I Chose To Sing The Blues (2:28)
  93. (Night Time is) The Right Time (3:27)
  94. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (4:41)
  95. Together Again (2:39)
  96. What'd I Say (Parts 1 And 2) (6:29)
  97. At The Club (3:00)
  98. I Don't Need No Doctor (2:47)
  99. Tell The Truth (3:06)
  100. I Believe To My Soul (2:59)
  101. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' (3:46)
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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles and sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into early performances recorded by Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion. He was blind from age seven. His best friend in music was South Carolina-born James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", and like Charles an active lifelong Republican.


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