It was originally recorded by Cab Calloway in 1931. It is now considered a standard, with recordings by many artists, such as George Harrison on his final album, Brainwashed. The Boswell Sisters recorded the song with The Dorsey Brothers in 1932. Frank Sinatra also recorded the song in 1959. Ella Fitzgerald recorded it for her 1961 Verve album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook. Thelonious Monk plays it on his 1967 album, Straight, No Chaser.
I don't want you But I hate to lose you You've got me in between The devil and the deep blue sea
I forgive you 'Cause I can't forget you You've got me in between The devil and the deep blue sea
I ought to cross you off my list But when you come a-knocking at my door Fate seems to give my heart a twist And I come running back for more
I should hate you But I guess I love you You've got me in between The devil and the deep blue sea