"Trouble in Mind" is a slow eight-bar blues song written by jazz pianist Richard M. Jones. The song was recorded in 1924 by singer Thelma La Vizzo with Jones providing the piano accompaniment. The song became an early blues standard, with versions by Bertha "Chippie" Hill with Louis Armstrong on cornet and Jones on piano (1926 OKeh 8312), Georgia White (1936 Decca 7192), Victoria Spivey (as Jane Lucas) (1936 Vocalion 3346), and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1936 Vocalion 3343). Later, "Trouble in Mind" was a Billboard R&B chart hit for Dinah Washington (#4 in 1952) and Nina Simone (#11 in 1961 and #92 in the pop chart).
Dinah's accompanied by Fip Ricard (tp), Julian Priester (tb), Eddie Chamblee (ts), Charles Davis (bs), Jack Wilson (p), Robert Lee Wilson (b) and James Slaughter (d). Ernie Wilkins (arrangements). Recorded in Chicago, January 20, 1958.
Trouble in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
'Cause the sun's gonna shine
In my backdoor some day.
Well trouble in mind, that's true
I've almost lost my mind
Life ain't worth my livin,
Lord I feel like I could die
I'm gonna lay my head down
On some lonesome railroad line
Let the two nineteen train
Ease my troubled mind
Lord, lord, lord, lord trouble in mind
I'm blue, my poor heart is beating slow
Never had so much trouble in my life before