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My Google searches have turned up empty.

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    It sure sounds like "Lament" should have lyrics, since it's in such a clear ballad style. Still, like you, my extensive online searches turn up no mention of lyrics, not even in this one blogger's particularly thorough discussion of the song's mechanics: wallacebass.com/?p=1916. I suggest that's evidence that the song didn't have published lyrics, but it's certainly not proof. Maybe someone needs to write some lyrics after the fact? – mlibby Dec 5 '15 at 19:27
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If you are asking if J.J. Johnson himself wrote lyrics on Lament, I would say no.

On this first release of the standard, in the Jay & Kay album in 1955, there is no lyrics, and no credited singer :

Baritone Saxophone – Leo Parker (tracks: A5)
Bass – Al Lucas (tracks: A5), Charlie Mingus* (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B4), Eddie Safranski (tracks: B5)
Drums – Kenny Clarke (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B4), Shadow Wilson (tracks: A5), Tiny Kahn (tracks: B5)
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B4)
Guitar – Billy Bauer (tracks: A2 to A4, B4)
Liner Notes – Jack McKinney
Piano – Hank Jones (tracks: A5), Lou Stein (tracks: B5), Wally Cirillo (tracks: A1, B1 to B3)
Supervised By – Ozzie Cadena (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B4)
Trombone – J. J. Johnson* (tracks: A1 to B4), Kai Winding (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B5)

The same year, Hazel Scott covers the song on the piano (Hazel Scott - Lament), but doesn't sing on it, even she's a reputed singer.

Also, I didn't find any covers with vocals.

  • Thanks, that seems pretty convincing. – dshin Jan 4 '17 at 18:46

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