Mood Indigo

An early Ellington masterpiece, adapted from a traditional New Orleans tune

Composed by Duke Ellington
Year 1930
Length 32 bars
Time 4/4
Form AB
Style Ballad
Common Key Ab


Chord chart for the jazz standard Mood Indigo


You ain't been blue; no, no, no
You ain't been blue
Till you've had that mood indigo
That feelin' goes stealin' down to my shoes
While I sit and sigh, Go 'long blues

Always get that mood indigo
Since my baby said goodbye
In the evenin' when lights are low
I'm so lonesome I could cry

'Cause there's nobody who cares about me
I'm just a soul who's bluer than blue can be
When I get that mood indigo
I could lay me down and die