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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And all this week, we've been talking about coffee. Now, let's listen to some of the ways coffee percolates into our music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONGS, "COFFEE BLUES")

MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Coffee time, I likes a certain brand. It's Maxwell House. Just like it says on the can: Good to the last drop.

MONTAGNE: Alright, that's Mississippi John Hurt singing the "Coffee Blues."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONGS, "COFFEE BLUES")

HURT: (Singing) Good morning, baby. How you doing this morning? Well, please, Ma'am, just a loving...

MONTAGNE: Ella Fitzgerald drowned her blues in "Black Coffee."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONGS, "BLACK COFFEE")

ELLA FITZGERALD: (Singing) I walk the floor and watch the door and in between I drink black coffee. Love's a hand-me-down brew.

MONTAGNE: The rock band Squeeze sang about "Coffee in Bed."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COFFEE IN BED")

SQUEEZE: (Singing) There's a stain on my notebook where your coffee cup was...

MONTAGNE: And the Beastie Boys take their coffee sweet.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "INTERGALACTIC")

BEASTIE BOYS: (Rapping) When it comes to beats, well, I'm a fiend. I like my sugar with coffee and cream...

MONTAGNE: But Heavy D & the Boyz keep it simple.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLACK COFFEE")

HEAVY D & THE BOYZ: (Rapping) Black coffee, no sugar, no cream.

(Rapping) That's the kind of girl I need down with my team.

(Rapping) Black coffee, no sugar, no cream.

(Singing) That's just the way I like it.

MONTAGNE: No matter how you take your coffee, Frank Sinatra reminds us where most of it comes from.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COFFEE SONG")

FRANK SINATRA: (Singing) Way down among Brazilians, coffee beans grow by the billions. So they've got to find those extra cups to fill. They got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil...

MONTAGNE: That's "The Coffee Song" by Frank Sinatra. There are more coffee tunes at NPRMusic.org. And NPR Music's Alt.Latino is playing Latin American songs about coffee. You can hear them at NPR.org/altlatino.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COFFEE SONG")

SINATRA: (Singing) And when their ham and eggs need savor, coffee ketchup gives them flavor. Coffee pickles way out sell the dill...

MONTAGNE: You're listening to MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

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