Don’t Explain’ by Billie Holiday
In her 1956 autobiography “Lady Sings the Blues,” Billie Holiday reveals that she wrote this jazz standard about her then-husband Jimmy Monroe. “I guess I always knew what I was letting myself in for when he married me. I knew this beautiful white English girl was still in town. He didn’t admit it, of course. But I knew.
“One night he came in with lipstick on his collar … He saw I saw it and he started explaining and explaining. I could stand anything but that. Lying to me was worse than anything he could have done with any bitch. I cut him off, just like that. ‘Take a bath, man,’ I said. ‘Don’t explain.'”