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​One For My Baby

This song is by Billie Holiday and appears on the album Songs For Distingué Lovers (1957) and on the album The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959 (1992).

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One For My Baby
It's quarter to three, there's no one in the place
Except you and me
So set 'em' up joe, I got a little story
I think you should know

We're drinking my friend, to the end
Of a brief episode
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

I know the routine, put another nickel
In the machine
I feel kind of bad, can't you make the music
Easy and sad

I could tell you a lot, but it's not
In a gentleman's code
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

You'd never know it, but buddy I'm a kind of poet
And I've got a lot of things I'd like to say
And if I'm gloomy, please listen to me
Till it's talked away

Well that's how it goes, and joe I know your gettin'
Anxious to close
Thanks for the cheer
I hope you didn't mind
My bending your ear

But this torch that I found, it's gotta be drowned
Or it's gonna explode
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

Written by:

Johnny Mercer / Harold Arlen