This Bitter Earth

This bitter earth
What fruit it bears
What good is love
That no one shares?

And if my life is like the dust
That hides the glow of a rose
What good am I?
Heaven only knows.

This bitter earth
Can be so cold.
Today you’re young.
Too soon you’re old.

But while a voice
Within me cries
I’m sure someone
May answer my call.

And this bitter earth,
May not be so bitter after all.

(Vocals by Dinah Washington with orchestration by Max Richter)

3 Responses to “This Bitter Earth”

  1. Hi Prof. Coles,

    Thank you very much for your appreciation of the song and your sharing the video and lyric. As far as I know, “This Bitter Earth” was rated No. 1 in R&B and No. 24 in pop during 1960. For some reason, Dinah Washington is not as well-known as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. I wonder why.

    • telescoper Says:

      I’m not sure of the answer to that. Dinah Washington was very popular in the 50s, but she died young (in 1963, aged 39) – maybe that has something to do with it.

      • Thank you for your reply, Prof. Coles. It would be somewhat reasonable to surmise that the fame and output of Dinah Washington would probably have been much more significant had she lived longer and not died so young, though I wonder whether she would be remembered and celebrated much more if she had been a Caucasian, a male, and worked in the film industry. James Dean seems to be such a person.

        I have been recently coming up with a significantly long Table of of Contradictory Quotations or Statements, as published and specifically located at in my post entitled “The Quotation Fallacy”.

        As you can see, the last two rows of the said Table in the post pitch Albert Einstein against quantum physics, and Albert Einstein against Stephen Hawking, respectively.

        I would greatly appreciate and acknowledge your help if you could kindly assist me in coming up with more examples for the said Table in the fields of physics, astronomy, cosmology or other related disciplines, or even some other scientific disciplines for that matter.

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