While composer Harold Arlen and lyricist Ted Koehler were writing for Harlem’s Cotton Club, they produced several hit songs, starting with “Get Happy.” The popular club featured prominent African-American entertainers such as Ethel Waters, who introduced their “Stormy Weather,” and Lena Horne, who introduced “As Long As I Live.” “Ill Wind” was written for their last show there in 1934, Cotton Club Parade, and was sung by Adelaide Hall. Their collaboration which began in the late ‘20s continued into the ‘40s when they wrote for films.
Blow, I'll wind, blow away Let me rest today You're blowin' me no good No good
Go, I'll wind, go away Skies are oh so gray Around my neighborhood And that's no good
You're only misleading The sunshine I'm needing And ain't that a shame
It's so hard to keep up With troubles that creep up From out of nowhere When love's to blame
So, I'll wind, blow away Let me rest today You're blowin' me no good
So, ill wind, blow away, Please let me rest today. You're blowing me no good, no good, no good.