Queen Latifah - Lush Life Lyrics




I used to visit all the very gay places
Those come what may places
Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life
To get the feel of life...
From jazz and cocktails.

The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
With distant gay traces
That used to be there you could see where they'd been washed away
By too many through the day...
Twelve o'clock tales.

Then you came along with your siren of song
To tempt me to madness!
I thought for a while that your poignant smile was tinged with the sadness
Of a great love for me.

Ah yes! I was wrong...
Again,
I was wrong.

Life is lonely again,
And only last year everything seemed so sure.
Now life is awful again,
A troughful of hearts could only be a bore.
A week in paris will ease the bite of it,
All I care is to smile in spite of it.

I'll forget you, I will
While yet you are still burning inside my brain.
Romance is mush,
Stifling those who strive.
I'll live a lush life in some small dive...
And there I'll be, while I rot
With the rest of those whose lives are lonely, too...





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  1. Day Drunk

    Not only is she an incredible singer, but the way she acts out each word of the song, she really performs this piece

  2. Doreen Ceasar

    Sing Dana!!! Sing, sing, sing. U R phenomenal.

  3. Koop Dahvill

    PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Katie Abe

    Marvellous

  5. Rand Om

    Wow. I never knew... Beautiful

  6. Dee Phillips

    Stunning

  7. Steven Reynolds

    She gonna be my wife one day🥰😍😘

  8. Lachario New

    Gm edagdwg ☮️ this woman is a peace of work she is so much in love with life God bless her Linda 🙏 changes everything ❤️🐼🌈🌈🌈💯💯💯🦅🦅free

  9. Ann L

    what a beautiful voice and lady

  10. Mike Yorke

    Love this one ❤

  11. steven carter

    I've been listening to this song for years but tonight stumbled across this video, i knew that queen could sing, but this one got me!!

  12. S .McNeal

    Good job. Queen Latifah

  13. Letitia Latifah Najieb

    Wonderful!

  14. no 1s here

    My favorite version of "lush Life" ever. (That's saying something)

  15. Diedre Kelly

    STUNNING VOICE & BEAUTIFUL QUEEN...

  16. koololdster

    This gives me the chills! So good!

  17. Faye Millet

    Wow, had no idea she had an awesome singing voice.

  18. Mike Yorke

    Just brilliant

  19. steve s

    Do not want to be negative, but I think some folks here are in need of some serious listening homework of our Jazz masters....... Google it young bucks.

  20. Bob Watson

    What a wonderful job Dana Lewis did singing this song Frank Sinatra tried to sing it and he gave up... just beautiful...

  21. Олег Викторов

    Beautiful and touching performance of the song! I really liked it! I subscribed to your channel! Welcome to my animation! 💖💖💖

  22. El Swift

    Lush Life can't be sung by just anybody, breathtaking.

  23. Mike Yorke

    Great stuff

  24. Dee Phillips

    I worked on a stage at Disney she was doing pick ups, not social but polite . What a voice

  25. Mike Yorke

    Brilliant stuff

  26. Dee Phillips

    Special talent

  27. Darrin Ricketts

    All hail the QUEEN

  28. Paul Hoff

    Truly awesome! Just heard it for the first time! Gonna put it in my playlist!

  29. william davis

    my favorite version

  30. Dan63

    Awesome!

  31. theodore braden

    her diction is perfect ..such an emotional voice

  32. Geduwllah Yahweh

    She has many Talents! Just so Talented! & for sure BEAUTIFUL 💖😉👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿✴✴✴✴✴💯

  33. Courtney Townsel

    NAILED IT!

  34. Linda Nolan

    Who is the blond?

    Dawn Coleman

    holly hunter

  35. Abdalmoneim Abdalah

    great queen great voice and great song thank you very very very much.

  36. M.J. Leger

    Beautiful rendition of a great old song, sung by so many. QL (aka Dana) has a nice voice.

  37. Art Edwards

    Interesting. I had seen the movie in a theater, and I didn't remember until now that it was abridged. What a huge mistake. There are many things to say about this great version of the tune. If she didn't have time, and intonation, and dynamics, of course I couldn't say this, but it's the apparent effortlessness that astounds me.

  38. Koop Dahvill

    She nails this song bigtime!

  39. Natalie Thomas

    Just beautiful

  40. Brad Watson

    Wow! She's great and so was the arranger and musicians!

  41. Plithos

    She sings it wonderfully! BUT, moment to moment that passes, you start noticing moves, aesthetical accents and intonations that take your mind away from the story of the song and bring you to the cheaper, pop, commercialized r'n'b styles of today, that Latifah moves in.. I know this comment sounds bitter.. but it's what I think today, having listened a series of wonderful (and not) covers, just today..

  42. Hans Cane

    I used to visit all the very gay places
    Those come-what-may places
    Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life
    To get the feel of life from jazz and cocktails

    The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
    With distinguish traces that used to be there
    You could see where they'd been washed away
    By too many through the day, twelve O'clock tales

    Then you came along with your siren song
    To tempt me to madness
    I thought for awhile that your poignant smile
    Was tinged with the sadness of a great love for me
    Ah, yes, I was wrong, again, I was wrong

    Life is lonely again and only last year
    Everything seemed so sure
    Now life is awful again a trough full of hearts
    Could only be a bore

    A week in Paris could ease the bite of it
    All I care is to smile in spite of it
    I'll forget you, I will while yet you are still
    Burning inside my brain

    Romance is mush stifling those who strive
    I'll live a lush life in some small dive
    And there I'll be while I rot with the rest
    Of those whose lives are lonely too

    Romance is mush stifling those who strive
    I'll live a lush life in some small dive
    And there I'll be while I rot with the rest
    Of those whose lives are lonely too

  43. Josue2018

    Queen Latifah is no jazz singer, but she did this song justice. She has her own smooth style. I'm not a fan of her acting or her talk show hosting, but I like her as a singer. Good job Queen!

  44. monizdm

    I love this song. And her rendition is astonishing. Love the Queen. For so many reasons.

  45. Art Edwards

    This is one of my two favorite versions-- the other is Johnny Hartman with Coltrane. Thanks for posting. Both make a very tough tune sing. I come back periodically to be re-amazed.

    ThePianoMan1953

    I've listened to several artists this week (as I love this piece so much) and I have to agree with you. In fact, I'd almost say Q. Latifah sounds like the female equivalent to Johnny Hartman. Lady Gaga did an admirable job in the Brussels video too. She looks stunning and has the heart for it, but doesn't quite have the depth in her voice that Q.L. and J. H. have. The modern, full arrangement of Mervyn Warren didn't do it any harm either! ;-D

  46. Wyndhl

    Latifah is every a woman and vocal chanteuse of magna cum laude virtuosity.

    The best modern jazz singer.

    Love to hear a duet with either Barbara Streisen (sp) or Nnena Freelon with this Jazz Ballad.

  47. Peter J. Andros

    A great voice; always needed more marketing and celebrity for an uber career across the globe.

  48. roger

    I'm stunned! She really knocked this out of the ball park!

  49. Phatcub

    Love this rendition, Sing Queen!!!

  50. Koop Dahvill

    This is, far and away, the best version of this song, ever.

  51. Koop Dahvill

    Hearing this for the first time. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perfection.

  52. MsCaramello73

    Great song. Great movie. 😍😍

  53. John Tapp

    Not too much longer than the standard length. Done beautifully, but then what can be expected of Queen Latifa, aka Dana Owens.

    Now to the words:. I hold this to be the warning to all women here in the 21st century. The ones susceptible to the sob stories from those you get from swashbuckling fire merchants out there looking just to get a lay, on the pretense he'll be there for her forever. Many a woman throughout millennia have been suckered with this story, being left to believe that all men are alike, and not to be trusted. Hence, the Femanazis versus the MGTOWS and the Men's Rights Movement. You wanna know who started it all? Those Corsairs looking for a lay, and the dumb women (I'm not saying they're all dumb, but how often have the smart been drowned out by the stupid in any group?) who are responsible for the entire mess, that's who, and I say let 'em clean it up. They made their beds, now they can sleep in them. I'm done. I'll just take my girlfriend to someplace peaceful. I saved one, thank God.

  54. Di Gray

    absolutely beautiful, discovered this in Uni 4 years ago and it still makes me smile while listening to it...Hail to the Queen :)

  55. Disco Heaven

    Hey you should listen this song from lady gaga cheek to cheek album. I bet you love it

  56. Paa Kwesi

    Oh WOW!!!!!🤤😲😲😰

  57. Chris Soriano

    Great rendition. Check out the late Natalie Cole's version. It's, at least, at par.

  58. thefabulousthomasj

    Oh, Queen Latifah! As Jackie Gleason used to say, "Baby, you're the Greatest!"

  59. Phyllis tagg-bovino

    She knocks it right out of the ballpark....

  60. Alfred Scoggins

    Anyone know why Latifa is morphed into another woman at the end?

  61. Joe Jones

    What the hell...Queen Latifah should have head lined every show she has ever done, this artist is outstanding...

  62. Josh Berman

    Wasted Life is what you are.

    Katherine Dorsey

    Yes. Her millions are just sitting in the bank wasting away. FOH, Loser.😃😃

    Josh Berman

    What does FOH mean?

    Rayvontae

    Fuck Outta Here...

  63. Billy Ray

    Queen Latifa should play Ursula in the live action little mermaid remake

  64. Criscross

    Nice version, but since beauty is subjective I would say that Natalie Cole's rendition has a more exquisite arrangement and her vocals truly embody the emotional ebbs and sophistication of this masterpiece.

  65. Andri Kurniawan

    Who needs diva? We have queen !

  66. Jose Orta

    If there is ever a biopic of Pearl Bailey....hope Queen Latifah gets the part...

  67. downeastxg

    Amazing voice, loved the movie. The song also brings the great Nancy Wilson to mind.

  68. MrOptomai

    Wonderful!!

  69. Rodney Grant

    This doesn't make any since!!!!! She SUNG this song!!! OMG!!! Her wrange is amazing!!!

  70. Mariah Hill

    I feel like we all forget this queen and how amazingly she can sing.

  71. Karl G

    Right on the money.

  72. maha77

    omg I was not expecting that! brilliant!

  73. I AM SPONGEBOB, DESTROYER OF EVIL

    I adore this.

  74. MM Laure

    OMG😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  75. dipsy do

    Just amazing. This song put me at ease, especially her voice. Latifah you just continue to amaze me. Love it!!!

  76. fakerating

    Well done... I always like Natalie Cole's version best, but this one is solid too...and it wasn't just a copy of someone else's version... hat tip, Queen!

  77. J McJ-P

    what key is she singing in?

  78. Royce Huggard

    Absolutely wonderful!

  79. PersistenceOfVision

    This is a terrific version I didn't know she could sing so beautifully.

  80. SEVEN POINT CROWN ALLIANCE

    "Just chill , women, and watch out, for I may be the one to get that woman's pussy, and none of you will touch it again" ;)
    And then come out with fresh new albums, new age Latifahs".
    ;)

  81. John Fritzel

    This version is a Masterpiece, I have listened to them all.

  82. Joe Hart

    Nancy Wilson did this very well also

  83. mizpahboy

    Strayhorn would so dig this

  84. Karinetta Torres

    Bravissima

  85. eoselan7

    First of all Queen Latifa is here an endlessly gorgeous woman. As she sings, she effortlessly and convincingly reveals a kaleidoscope of emotions. And as they glide slowly over her lovely face, her beauty only intensifies. Her mastery of this style and level of Jazz/pop singing is revelatory. What a Dame!

  86. Laurin Poydras

    I’m so happy that the Queen into such a lady of class and grace! This is a class act; beautiful voice, right key, well orchestrated. This is not the easiest piece to sing or play well; that said, she did a fabulous job with it!

  87. Richard Price Elliott

    Screened it again.

  88. Varykno

    Absolute perfection!

  89. James Moore

    Linda Ronstadt did this with Nelson Riddle band a few years back and was awesome. I love the song and anyone who can pull it off with emotion is in my book awesome!

  90. John Lindstrom

    Gaga captures the impetuous mood of a misunderstood teenager. Being gay, Strayhorn did not fit the stereotype of the "macho" jazz player, battling it out on a stage with his "AXE," challenging others to a duel. Rather, he was moody, sensitive, lonely.....and ANGRY at his situation in LIFE.

  91. hal lyons

    Heavens - this is sooo good.

  92. badinfluence1985

    i DID NOT KNOW SHE COULD SING. I AM SCARED AND ASHAMED I JUDGED HER.

  93. Grégory Alfonso García Morán

    It is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard in my life, as much as the lyrics as in the melody. Initially, the first time I heard it, it was in the version of Stephen Grappelli with the Big Band by Claude Bolling ... but recently I notice, in such beautiful lyrics. What to say ... Queen Latifah, sing this piece of music, and she does it infinitely... Grégory Alfonso García Morán, MD (Desde la Dama Gris de los Andes: Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia).

    "I used to visit all the very gay places
    Those come what may places
    Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life
    To get the feel of life
    From jazz and cocktails.
    The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
    With distant gay traces
    That used to be there you could see where they'd been washed away
    By too many through the day
    Twelve o'clock tales.
    Then you came along with your siren of song
    To tempt me to madness!
    I thought for a while that your poignant smile was tinged with the sadness
    Of a great love for me.
    Ah yes! I was wrong
    Again,
    I was wrong.
    Life is lonely again,
    And only last year everything seemed so sure.
    Now life is awful again,
    A trough full of hearts could only be a bore.
    A week in Paris will ease the bite of it,
    All I care is to smile in spite of it.
    I'll forget you, I will
    While yet you are still burning inside my brain.
    Romance is mush,
    Stifling those who strive.
    I'll live a lush life in some small dive
    And there I'll be, while I rot
    With the rest of those whose lives are lonely, too..
    A week…"

  94. Messias Germanotta

    I'm a gaga fan and i think Latifah's rendition is the better. I still love gaga's version

  95. Pepper Williams

    Man, she sounds perfect! Definitely prefer her singing this than that 'rap crap'.

  96. mendali

    "tempt meeee to madness" YES