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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

president

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

Unnnnnnn-hoo

Yeah

Yeah-hoo

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

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Release History

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

  1. Confession Blues (2:32)
  2. Eleanor Rigby (2:57)
  3. Hide 'nor Hair (2:53)
  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 (4:15)
  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 (3:10)
  14. Understanding (3:07)
  15. Born to Lose (3:23)
  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 (2:36)
  20. Here We Go Again (3:15)
  21. I'm Movin' On (2:30)
  22. The Jealous Kind (4:41)
  23. You Don't Know Me (3:15)
  24. Come Back Baby (3:06)
  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 (2:60)
  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 (2:49)
  32. Sticks and Stones (2:16)
  33. Your Cheating Heart (3:34)
  34. A Fool for You (3:03)
  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 (2:36)
  44. Blackjack (2:21)
  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 (2:23)
  60. I'll Be Good To You (4:56)
  61. I've Got News for You (4:35)
  62. Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma (3:41)
  63. Ol' Man River (5:31)
  64. Lonely Avenue (2:34)
  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 (4:16)
  70. Booty-Butt (4:16)
  71. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (3:45)
  72. Leave My Woman Alone (2:42)
  73. Makin' Whoopee! (6:19)
  74. Ain't That Love (2:52)
  75. Hit The Road Jack (1:59)
  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 (2:20)
  81. The Cincinnati Kid (2:25)
  82. The Danger Zone (2:22)
  83. America The Beautiful (3:34)
  84. Crying Time (2:57)
  85. My Bonnie (2:48)
  86. Unchain My Heart (2:52)
  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)
Greatest Hits
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His Greatest Hits (Uh-Huh)
1992

I Chose To Sing The Blues / Hopelessly
1966

I Chose To Sing The Blues / Hopelessly

  1. I Chose To Sing The Blues (2:28)
  2. Hopelessly (2:44)

Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles

  1. Here We Go Again (3:15)
  2. Laughin And Clownin (3:21)
  3. My Baby (I Love Her, Yes I Do) (3:02)
  4. Teardrops from My Eyes (2:57)
  5. Your Cheatin' Heart (3:33)
  6. Cry (3:30)
  7. Somebody Ought To Write A Book About It (3:08)
  8. That Thing Called Love (2:51)
  9. Who You Gonna Love (2:04)
  10. You Are My Sunshine (2:60)
  11. Don't Set Me Free (3:48)
  12. I've Got a Woman, Part 1 (live) (2:54)
  13. In The Heat Of The Night (2:33)
  14. Sticks and Stones (2:16)
  15. Till I Can't Take It Anymore (3:32)
  16. I've Got a Woman, Part 2 (live) (3:05)
  17. If You Were Mine (2:50)
  18. Somethings Got To Change (2:36)
  19. The Brightest Smile In Town (2:49)
  20. Worried Life Blues (3:00)
  21. Don't Change On Me (3:05)
  22. Georgia on My Mind (3:39)
  23. Take These Chains from My Heart (2:56)
  24. Without a Song, Part 1 (2:31)
  25. Yesterday (2:49)
  26. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (2:03)
  27. Never Had Enough Of Nothing Yet (2:30)
  28. No Letter Today (3:02)
  29. Sweet Memories (3:34)
  30. Without a Song, Part 2 (3:58)
  31. Feel So Bad (3:13)
  32. I'm A Fool To Care (3:21)
  33. That's A Lie (2:38)
  34. Them That Got (2:51)
  35. Without Love (There Is Nothing) (3:40)
  36. Go On Home (2:14)
  37. I Wonder (2:31)
  38. Love's Gonna Live Here (2:20)
  39. No One (3:13)
  40. Your Love Is So Doggone Good (3:03)
  41. Busted (2:33)
  42. Eleanor Rigby (2:57)
  43. Ruby (3:53)
  44. The Cincinnati Kid (2:25)
  45. What Am I Living For (3:41)
  46. Hard Hearted Hannah (3:16)
  47. Making Believe (2:49)
  48. That's All I Am To You (2:05)
  49. Tired of My Tears (2:23)
  50. Understanding (3:07)
  51. Crying Time (2:57)
  52. Hit The Road Jack (1:59)
  53. Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma (3:41)
  54. Sweet Young Thing Like You (2:17)
  55. That Lucky Old Sun (4:24)
  56. America The Beautiful (3:34)
  57. Listen They're Playing My Song (3:16)
  58. Ol' Man Time (2:31)
  59. The Danger Zone (2:22)
  60. When My Dreamboat Comes Home (3:01)
  61. Baby Don't You Cry (2:37)
  62. Hey Mister (3:56)
  63. If It Wasn't For Bad Luck (4:55)
  64. Together Again (2:39)
  65. Unchain My Heart (2:52)
  66. But on The Other Hand Baby (3:11)
  67. My Heart Cries for You (2:49)
  68. There'll Be No Peace Without All Men As One (3:49)
  69. When I Stop Dreaming (3:03)
  70. You're Just About To Lose Your Clown (2:00)
  71. Baby, It's Cold Outside (4:09)
  72. Every Saturday Night (3:24)
  73. I'll Be Your Servant (2:59)
  74. Let's Go Get Stoned (2:59)
  75. My Baby Don't Dig Me (2:37)
  76. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (4:55)
  77. Something's Wrong (2:50)
  78. Take Me Home, Country Roads (3:34)
  79. The Train (3:06)
  80. We'll Be Together Again (2:45)
  81. At The Club (3:00)
  82. I Can Make It Thru The Days (But Oh Those Lonely Nights) (3:56)
  83. I Chose To Sing The Blues (2:28)
  84. Let Me Love You (2:49)
  85. No One to Cry To (2:43)
  86. A Tear Fell (2:44)
  87. Hide 'nor Hair (2:53)
  88. Hopelessly (2:44)
  89. I'm Satisfied (2:30)
  90. Ring Of Fire (3:08)
  91. I Can't Stop Loving You (4:15)
  92. I Don't Need No Doctor (2:47)
  93. Smack Dab In The Middle (3:21)
  94. We Can Make It (3:45)
  95. Born to Lose (3:23)
  96. I Can't Stop Loving You, Baby (2:17)
  97. I Wake Up Cryin' (3:00)
  98. Please Say You're Fooling (2:44)
  99. Claudie Mae (3:17)
  100. I Want To Talk About You (2:55)
  101. Makin' Whoopee (vocal) (live) (3:29)
  102. You Don't Know Me (3:15)
  103. Careless Love (3:57)
  104. Makin' Whoopee (piano) (live) (2:37)
  105. Someone To Watch Over Me (3:19)
  106. Something Inside Me (2:40)
The Definitive Anthology
2007

The World Of Ray Charles

  1. Busted (2:33)
  2. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (4:41)
  3. Georgia on My Mind (3:39)
  4. Hey, Good Lookin' (2:13)
  5. Don't Tell Me Your Troubles (2:09)
  6. Hit The Road Jack (1:59)
  7. Unchain My Heart (2:52)
  8. You and I (3:30)
  9. Born to Lose (3:23)
  10. I Can't Stop Loving You (4:15)
  11. Intro: Goodbye/We'll Be Together Again (3:22)
  12. Just A Little Lovin' (Will Go A Long Way) (3:31)
  13. It Makes No Difference Now (3:30)
  14. One Mint Julip (3:09)
  15. People Will Say We're In Love (2:54)
  16. You Are My Sunshine (2:60)
  17. Cocktails for Two (3:16)
  18. I'll Never Stand In Your Way (2:20)
  19. Ruby (3:53)
  20. You Don't Know Me (3:15)
  21. Side by Side (2:24)
  22. Smack Dab In The Middle (3:21)
  23. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You) (2:43)
  24. Sticks and Stones (2:16)
  25. Crying Time (2:57)
  26. I Love You So Much It Hurts (3:36)
  27. Take These Chains from My Heart (2:56)
  28. Together (1:37)
  29. For All We Know (3:46)
  30. Hide 'nor Hair (2:53)
  31. Them That Got (2:51)
  32. Let's Go Get Stoned (2:59)
  33. No One (3:13)
  34. Oh, Lonesome Me (2:13)
  35. Takes Two to Tango (3:25)
  36. Alone Together (4:47)
  37. Hang Your Head In Shame (3:17)
  38. That Lucky Old Sun (4:24)
  39. Without Love (There Is Nothing) (3:40)
  40. Don't Change On Me (3:05)
  41. Don't Set Me Free (3:48)
  42. Just You, Just Me (2:00)
  43. Midnight (3:18)
  44. But on The Other Hand Baby (3:11)
  45. I'm A Fool To Care (3:21)
  46. No Letter Today (3:02)
  47. Your Cheating Heart (3:34)
  48. I Don't Need No Doctor (2:47)
  49. I Never See Maggie Alone (5:40)
  50. Makin' Whoopee Parts 1 & 2 (6:20)
  51. Together Again (2:39)
  52. Careless Love (3:57)
  53. Don't Let Her Know (2:54)
  54. Hardhearted Hannah (3:17)
  55. I Like To Hear It Sometime (2:52)
  56. Baby, It's Cold Outside (4:09)
  57. My Heart Cries for You (2:49)
  58. At The Club (3:00)
  59. I Chose To Sing The Blues (2:28)
  60. If You Were Mine (2:50)
  61. In The Heat Of The Night (2:33)
  62. Baby Don't You Cry (2:37)
  63. Eleanor Rigby (2:57)
  64. Here We Go Again (3:15)
  65. Look What They Done To My Song, Ma (3:46)
  66. America The Beautiful (3:34)
  67. Yesterday (2:49)

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