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cry the blues

1. Literally, to sing blues music or in that style. There was this old man crying the blues at the bar last night; it was a really moving bit of music.
2. By extension, to complain, whine, or express grief, especially as a means of gaining sympathy from others. Many people will cry the blues over trivial inconveniences, while millions of others silently suffer real hardships every day.
See also: blues, cry

have the blues

To be or feel generally sad or melancholy. I don't know what it is, but I find I always have the blues on Sundays.
See also: blues, have

baby blues

1. A usually brief period of sadness, anxiety, and mood swings experienced by a large percentage of women after giving birth. When I had the baby blues after having my first child, I would find myself crying without knowing why.
2. Blue eyes, especially those that are light blue. I just had to ask for Sean's number after I got a glimpse of his baby blues—I'd never seen such striking eyes before!
See also: baby, blues

*blues

 
1. sadness; a mood of depression. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) You'll have to excuse Bill. He's getting the blues thinking about Jane. I get the blues every time I hear that song.
2. a traditional style of popular music characterized by lyrics expressing hardship, lost love, etc. Buddy had been singing the blues ever since the Depression.

sing the blues

to complain Computer programmers are singing the blues because business is bad and no one is hiring.
Etymology: based on the type of music called the blues (a musical form in which songs often are about difficulties or bad luck)
See also: blues, sing

the baby blues

a feeling of sadness that some women experience after they have given birth to a baby According to this article, as many as 60% of women suffer from the baby blues.
See cry like a baby, throw the baby out with the bath water, wet the baby's head
See also: baby, blues

have the blues

Also, feel blue. Feel depressed or sad, as in After seeing the old house in such bad shape, I had the blues for weeks, or Patricia tends to feel blue around the holidays. The noun blues, meaning "low spirits," was first recorded in 1741 and may come from blue devil, a 17th-century term for a baleful demon, or from the adjective blue meaning "sad," a usage first recorded in Chaucer's Complaint of Mars (c. 1385). The idiom may have been reinforced by the notion that anxiety produces a livid skin color. Also see blue funk.
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When she and Smith sing the bluesy duet ``Down Home'' (a thoughtful rumination on whether a black man's place is in the north, or standing his ground in the Jim Crow south), time stands still.
Trouble is, it sounds tired and Moyet's not at her best, rescued only by a bluesy take on Arthur Hamilton's Cry Me A River.
Crouching behind the keyboards, losing himself in the music's bluesy grooves, the 63-year-old Dylan was having the time of his life.
The bluesy A Fool For Love is gorgeous, showcasing Ferry's rich vocal and Chris Spedding's sublime guitar, while the haunting San Simeon is a drifting musical soundscape that deserves a movie all to itself.
He cut his first record at age 19, moving over five albums from bluesy efforts to the lyrically introspective, musically sophisticated place he currently inhabits.
An unexpected highlight, however, is the bluesy When A Blind Man Cries - originally released as the B-side of Never Before.
The first part works best with just Lewis and his deft touch on piano, bassist Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt delivering bluesy takes on songs like ``Merry Christmas, Baby'' and ``Winter Wonderland.
You'll love his ``Blue Christmas,'' but Isaak's bluesy original ``Washington Square'' has become a fast favorite around our tree.
Joss Stone turns in a marvelous, bluesy rendition of the Bacharach-David theme song over the closing credits.
BARE PHUT are a bluesy rock ''n'' roll outfit who are earning quite a reputation around the area.
Yes, songs such as Ghost Of Floyd Collins and Peace Is Free have that Confederate crunch, but bluesy Blind Man owes more to Paul Rodgers' Bad Company, and Soulcreek gives Guns N' Roses a run for their California cash.
Bluesy punk duo The Kills and the legendary Stiff Little Fingers will be ably supporting the Stooges on the night.
The album opens with a slow, dark, bluesy version of the tide track, which is quickly followed by an almost lugubrious rendition of "Hey, Love"--a version that makes him sound somewhat like a very tired Billy Eckstine.
Singing with the band will be bluesy lady Topsy Hilton.
Singing live, the raw, rasping bluesy vibe of Nutini's voice really shines through.