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To have the blues

Posted by James Briggs on June 24, 2009 at 09:39

I was asked recently why we say that someone has 'the blues' when they are sad. I can't find a really satisfactory answer - the best I've come across is in the on-line 1894 Brewers under 'blue devils' at http://www.bibliomania.com/2/3/255/frameset.html
Any other suggestions?