Armstrong, Louis - Hesitating Blues Lyrics




Hello central, what's the matter with this line?
I wanna talk to that high brown of mine
Tell me how long will I have to wait
Please give me two ninety eight, why do you hesitate?

Oh, what you say, can't talk to my brown?
A storm last night blowed the wires all down
Now, tell me how long will I have to wait
Oh, won't you tell me now, why do you hesitate?

Say, Sunday night, my beau proposed to me
Said, he'd be happy if his wife I'd be
Said he, "How long, baby, will I have to wait?"
Come be my wife, my Kate, why do you hesitate?

Say, I declined him, it was just for a stall
He left that night on the cannonball
Honey, oh honey, how long, will I have to wait?
Oh, won't you tell me now, baby, why do you hesitate?





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  1. Jeanne Graves-Stehman

    Awesome blues song written by William Handy, who is the female singer in the background anyone? Ella? Which by the by Hesitation Blues is not the same song as Hesitating Blues by a long shot.

    Ian Brookes

    velma middleton

  2. Ruben Proost

    My father had the original lp. It always made me smile like an idiot when he played it.

  3. Mickey Clark

    This has the sheet music image https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LglEL0Q4YIY
    and this has the Columbia record label image Here's the 1925 Art Gillham recording with label credit to Smythe-Middleton-Gillham and has the vocal - I was actually looking up this issue because my Decca 4271 gives credit to Handy. I also have a British recording by Nat Gonella creditting Gillham I knew someone has their wires crossed https://youtu.be/fZo7cLSDBE0

  4. john ryan

    it was written by the same guy who wrote "joe avery"

  5. jadvellu

    It's a traditional tune, W.C. Handy was the first one to record it.

  6. Ricardo Wagnerio

    Maravilloso

  7. SwingboyPA

    It was W.C. Handy who wrote the song and this is a performance by Louis Armstrong.

  8. cwcwful

    Why do you not think W.C. Handy was the composer of this song?

  9. Vito Di Modugno music

    I'd like to know the real composer of this song. Thanks

    Colin Wasserman

    W. C. Handy made the song. Many people have made their own renditions, but my favorite is the one by Reverend Gary Davis.

  10. MrTolesi

    Mmmm yes - but have a listen to Jelly Roll Morton - Hesitation Blues here on YouTube

    [It's actually called HesitatION Blues]

    Mickey Clark

    Here's the 1925 Art Gillham recording with label credit to Smythe-Middleton-Gillham and has the vocal - I was actually looking up this issue because my Decca 4271 gives credit to Handy. I also have a British recording by Nat Gonella creditting Gillham I knew someone has their wires crossed https://youtu.be/fZo7cLSDBE0