Ronstadt, Linda - 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 grey faces
With distingue 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 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 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
So 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. sara reid

    I seldom post anything and nothing negative, but all you geniuses critiquing this are full of horse pucky

  2. Philip Anderson

    Linda Fucking Ronstadt. Utter Crap. A stench in the nostrils of music lovers everywhere.

  3. M.J. Leger

    Such a talented singer was Linda. This appearance was about 15 years before she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which affected her throat muscles and stilled her beautiful singing voice. I was not a fan in the '70s, partly due to her association with Brown, but she could certainly sing; I didn't care for the rock, folk, jazzy numbers in the 70s-80s, but she really shined on the ballads. Her voice had great volume and good phrasing. Beautiful.

  4. jumpforjoy6

    Look at Lady Gaga's version of Lush Life 🤯 vocal genius

  5. Seddi Moussavi

    Love you Linda.

  6. Josue2018

    I like her piano jazz concert. she did a much better job on that one:

  7. Koop Dahvill

    Beautiful. What a voice!

  8. Matt Glickman

    Literally the worst thing I've ever heard. Sorry I will never have any appreciation for this kind of music.

  9. joe ferguson

    its been a while since ive seen such ignorant comments. Linda is amazing always

  10. michaelteipner

    Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Linda

  11. ghairraigh

    Frankly, I am stunned that Linda was breathing in all the wrong places at the start, and that she displayed such lousy microphone technique as you clearly hear her gasps for air.


    +ghairraigh lol she sounds great, fuck off

    apache king

    It was the Parkinsons. She stopped singing in public one year after this performance. She said it was unfair to ask her fans to pay money to hear her sing anymore, she had lost muscular control of her vocal cords.

    Christopher Jones

    +apache king Ronstadt stopped singing in 2009 not 1999. :)

    apache king

    Yeah, my mistake. 1999 was when she first starting having problems with her vocal cords. Here is a great interview where she discusses her decision to quit singing--


    this is about one of the most cruel remarks I've read on youtube, BESIDES being totally musically IGNORANT

  12. 33uptempo

    Great song......great singer. Thank you so much for posting this.

  13. Oscar Banuelos

    If Stevie Nicks is the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll then the great Linda Ronstadt and Ann Wilson of Heart would be the Princesses of Rock 'n' Roll. 

    Lasse 1964

    @Oscar Banuelos Stevie nicks shes the best but i prefer pat benatar a little bit more for Queen of Rock.

    Oscar Banuelos

    @Lasse 1964
    I hear you. Stevie was a mediocre singer. Benatar was spectacular. Stevie's forte is what has always been the hardest thing to do in music - composition.

    Christopher Jones

    Ronstadt was considered the "Queen of Rock" in the 70's. There are magazine covers from that era saying that. Not to diminish other female rockers.

    Oscar Banuelos

    @Christopher Jones I agree that artistry is not a competitive sport. 

  14. gogo delux

    For many of us the finest female voice in American popular music history. Your mileage may vary.

    Oscar Banuelos

    Ronstadt was the most stunning contemporary singer that I ever saw live. In her prime she was other-worldly with her voice, beauty and charm. The only reason why  she is not the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll is because she is weak as a composer. Something that Miss Nicks was prodigiously gifted at.

  15. League359

    damn she got fat


    There's no need to go into defence mode simply because I stated a fact. There are lot's of people at that age that aren't fat you know.

    Oscar Banuelos

    @League359 Yes, but all of them are ugly and feel terrible. Read more biology. Play less video games and watch less TV. 

    John Whirling

    It's always astounding to me that filth like you thinks it's ok to post things like this.

    John Smith

    at least she's not ugly like you.She was getting Parkinsons.

    Angela Alvarez

    Body shaming , in old age people develop thyroid disease, gain a lot of weight. She is also sick here. But as long as your happy with your unkind insensitive, rude, uninformed and just a bully. But it did get you the attention, and the comments, you will looking for. I hope your sister, daughter, mother, nice, aunt, or wife never become ill and gain weight. Because if they do all you need to do it's just annihilate them since they are worthless fat people. Right!

  16. Richard Ponce

    I once saw Donna Summer at a Linda Ronstadt concert. They certainly weren't competitive. 

    Oscar Banuelos

    Great compliment to the late great Donna Summer. Not only was she an awesome performer, but she had great taste in music too.


    @Oscar Banuelos I didn't know that. these were my two favorites ladies in the 70s: Donna and Linda!!!


    Real singers always appreciate the talent of other real singers.

  17. zedlacredit

    Why do people have to fight like children ? Both Linda Ronstadt and Donna Summer were greats, both ladies admired one another's talents immensely, and now both voices are gone. For different reasons, but they are gone. Donna was pregnant and found it hard to sing when she recorded her version with Quincy Jones in 1982. Linda had the great pleasure of working with Nelson Riddle ( who was also a great friend of Rosemary's) in 1984 when she recorded her version of the song.

    Johnny MFan

    I never heard of them being fans of eachother. I thought Linda didn't like dance music. She sang everything, but never made a dance song.

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  19. boyorient

    greetings from tropico singapore!
    allow me to give my 2 cents worth
    ms ronstadt reinterpret donna summer 's version in her own style.she put it out on record shortly after(summer).
    both are great.
    sarah vaungh and the rest were not even close.without the pop inflection.

  20. grl can sng

    Let me clue you in on something I caught 5 different concerts with her doing this music with Nelson Riddle who arranged the music to her specifications and she was fantastic so shut up notice the music stand idiot this is a very different arrangement than what she was used too and she can do anything I have seen her live atleast 50 different times and she is better Live

  21. grl can sng

    stfu You dont know anything her voice was beautifull when I saw her at san manual casino 6 years ago

  22. Bud Lehn

    Ilove Linda. She suffered from poor health after this.

  23. Roberto Coin

    Thanks for the comment .I love Linda Ronstadt and as you and I know she is one of the greatest singers to ever live and sing and yes she can sing anything .

  24. Jessica Zeller

    I thought her voice was crystal clear on her Nelson Riddle albums. I thought the songs suited her perfectly. However, that was in the 80s. Her health and voice started to decline in the 90s, which explains why this was a relatively weak performance, but she succeeded in practically every genre she sang, IMO.

  25. una mckillen

    I so agree. She had to go somewhere as by 1984, I guess, the writing was on the wall for her sound. However, I loved her rock Goddess phase - nothing for me will beat that time beteen 1976 and 1980 (Mad Love). Her voice does this sort of thing fairly well but I really don't like it. She does other genres better.

  26. G G

    I understand Linda's appreciation for this type of music, but it is clearly not her forte. Give me Poor Poor Pitiful Me any day.

  27. Abbe Buck

    A tough song. You had to feel pain to sing it. Her voice is light but she can do it. Rosemary loved her.

  28. theblueangel28

    that was off the chain!!
    one of the best vocals ive ever heard her do, especially of traditional pop
    and one of the very best versions of this very very difficult song, that ive ever heard
    and ive heard em all

  29. sistalinda

    @dannys2222 Right. I was surprised at how well Donna did this song too. Both Linda and Donna have been around for quite some time. Two great singers.

  30. sistalinda

    @jimnado1 Donna's version is great. Quincy produced. it on what I thought was her best album.

  31. Noelle Driscoll

    She's amazing. Incredible. Her talent doesn't make this song fit her political agenda.. But she's absolutely wonderful, a star.

  32. caraphyllis

    I can't believe Billy Strayhorn wrote this masterpiece at the age of 17. What a genius he was.

    Johnny MFan

    I had heard it was about unrequited love for Duke Ellington, but Billy already has his man at the time he wrote it.

  33. Branner

    At times, Linda's tone is quite beautiful here. Her phrasing seems even better than on the album.

  34. ronstadtfanaz

    Wonderful tribute to Rosemary. This is my favorite song from Linda's Standards albums. Love it. Thanks for posting this.