Sarah Vaughan charted with this song in 1949 on Columbia. Peggy Lee first released her version in 1953. It was included in the soundtrack for the 1960 Columbia Pictures feature Let No Man Write My Epitaph, recorded on Verve by Ella Fitzgerald, also in 1960. The version by Ella Fitzgerald was a favourite song of Polish Nobel Prize laureate Wisława Szymborska who chose it as the song to be performed at her funeral.
I'm feelin' mighty lonesome Haven't slept a wink I walk the floor an' watch the door In between I drink Black coffee ... Love's a hand-me-down brew I'll never know a Sunday In this weekday rue.
Been talkin' to the shadows One o'clock 'til four An' Lord how slow the moments go When all ya do is pour Black coffee ... Since the blues caught my eye I'm hangin' out on Monday My Sunday dreams to dry.
You know a man is bound to go a lovin' A woman's born to weep and fret To stay at home and tend her oven To drown her past regrets In coffee and cigarettes.
I'm moanin' all the mornin' Mournin' all the night In between it's nicotine Not much heart to fight Black coffee ...
Feelin' low as the ground It's drivin' me crazy I'm waitin' for my baby To maybe come around.