Two-Timed Too Many Times

And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine, a popular song and jazz standard was first published in 1944. The lyrics were written by Joe Greene, with music composition by Stan Kenton and Charles Lawrence.

Probably the best known version of the song was recorded in 1944 by Anita O’Day along with Stan Kenton’s orchestra. A version was also recorded by Ella Fitzgerald the following year.


The song was also performed in part by Lauren Bacall in the 1946 movie The Big Sleep. In the film, the song is played by a band and casually sung by Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) at a gambling casino while observed by private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart).Some sources state that Bacall (who, incidentally, does her own singing) is accompanied by a group known as The Williams Brothers. I have not been able to verify whether this information is correct or not. I will say that the information is possibly correct because The Williams Brothers were a singing quartet who formed in the mid-1930s and were in Hollywood at the time that The Big Sleep was filmed. (The most famous member of the brothers was Andy Williams, who later went on to have a solo singing career and recorded well into the 1970s.) In 1943,the group was under contract with the MGM studio and appeared in such films as Janie (1944), Kansas City Kitty (1944), Ladies’ Man (1947), and Something in the Wind (1947).They also appeared with Bing Crosby on the hit record Swinging On A Star (1944). Some later accounts alleged that the Lauren Bacall’s singing in The Big Sleep was done by a very young Andy Williams, dubbing for Bacall, but studio memos and production reports make it clear that the singing voice heard in the film is Bacall’s own. If, indeed, the Williams Brothers are the group that sings with Lauren Bacall, their performance in the film is uncredited.
Lauren Bacall sings And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine from The Big Sleep

Lauren Bacall sings And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine from The Big Sleep


The song tells the dark story of a two-timing guy who “indulged in fancy spending” on the ponies, girls, gin, roses, rings, cars, and furs. When his wife complains, he “socked her in the choppers.” This low-life has his come-uppance when one of his girlfriends shoves him in the river, drowning him. The guy has the last word, however. His wife finds out he had no insurance!
The lyrics are as follows:

He would spend it on the ponies
He would spend it on the girls
Buy his mother gin and roses
For her poor old henna’d curls

And when his wife said “Hey now!
What did you get for me?”
He socked her in the choppers
Such a sweet, sweet guy was he!

Refrain:
And her tears flowed like wine
Yes, her tears flowed like wine
She’s a real sad tomato
She’s a busted Valentine
Knows her mama done told her
That her man is darned unkind

How he loved the old race horses
He would bet them every day
One day he caught a winner
And the cabbage wasn’t hay!

He indulged in fancy spending
Ordered rings, cars and furs
But alas, alack
Like a stab in the back
She found out they were not hers!

Refrain:
And her tears flowed like wine
Yes, her tears flowed like wine
She’s a real sad tomato
She’s a busted Valentine
Knows her mama done told her
That her man is darned unkind

He got mixed up with a Maisie
He got mixed up with a Flo
So Flo shoved him in the river
He’ll not get mixed up no more!

His wife then draped herself in black
That showed her figure fine
Then she cussed him out
The two-faced guy
No insurance could she find!

Refrain:
And her tears flowed like wine
Yes, her tears flowed like wine
She’s a real sad tomato
She’s a busted Valentine
Knows her mama done told her
That her man is darned unkind

CHARTED RECORDINGS
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, vocals by Anita O’Day And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Long and his Orchestra; backing vocals, The Song Spinners And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

BONUS
Lauren Bacall (from the soundtrack of The Big Sleep) And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

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