Song Lyric Sunday – Blue Bayou

Good Sunday morning! Jim Adams had prompted us this week with the words, Ocean/Sea/Lake/Bay for Song Lyric Sunday. There are many that spring to mind and I have chosen Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt. A bayou is regarded as a body of water so I believe it counts!

A beautiful song and an even more beautiful voice “Blue Bayou” was originally recorded by Roy Orbison on his legendary 1963 album In Dreams. While it only scored as high as #29 in the US (despite scoring #1 in Ireland and #10 in Norway), In the 70s Linda Ronstadt took it to far greater fame as her only gold-selling single and her signature song. Linda Ronstadt has been called “the most successful and certainly the most durable and most gifted woman rock singer of her era” in Andrew Greeley’s book God in Popular Culture. Hope you enjoy it.

Credit: Song Facts

Blue Bayou
Lyrics

I feel so bad I got a worried mind
I'm so lonesome all the time
Since I left my baby behind
On Blue Bayou
Saving nickles, saving dimes
Working til the sun don't shine
Looking forward to happier times
On Blue Bayou
 
I'm going back someday
Come what may
To Blue Bayou
Where the folks are fun
And the world is mine
On Blue Bayou

Where those fishing boats
With their sails afloat
If I could only see
That familiar sunrise
Through sleepy eyes
How happy I'd be
 
Gonna see my baby again
Gonna be with some of my friends
Maybe I'll feel better again
On Blue Bayou
 
Saving nickles saving dimes
Working til the sun don't shine
Looking forward to happier times
On Blue Bayou
 
I'm going back someday
Come what may
To Blue Bayou
Where the folks are fun
And the world is mine
On Blue Bayou
Where those fishing boats
With their sails afloat
If I could only see
That familiar sunrise
Through sleepy eyes
How happy I'd be
Oh that boy of mine
By my side
The silver moon
And the evening tide
Oh some sweet day
Gonna take away
This hurting inside
Well I'll never be blue
My dreams come true
On Blue Bayou
 
Songwriters: Joe Melson / Roy Orbison
Blue Bayou lyrics Β© Barbara Orbison Music Company,
Orbi-Lee Music, R-Key Darkus, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


  22 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Blue Bayou

  1. February 3, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Snap, though I went with the original by Roy Orbison

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      His was great too Di. Great minds think alike! πŸ™‚πŸ’•

  2. February 3, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Great song, and I actually like Linda Ronstadt’s version a little better. She had a tremendous voice.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      I do too John. Her range is amazing. I am a Roy Orbison fan though πŸ™‚

      • February 3, 2019 at 5:10 pm

        Oh, so am I. Linda’s just very versatile: she’s sung rock, country, standards, and Latino music and did great in all of them. She has MS that affected her voice, so she’s retired.

      • Christine Bolton
        February 3, 2019 at 5:14 pm

        I knew she was sick and had quit performing. I didn’t know the illness. It’s very sad. My favorite was You’re no good πŸ™‚

  3. February 3, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Great song! She has the best voice!!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      I love her voice! πŸ™‚πŸ’•

      • February 3, 2019 at 12:57 pm

        Me too!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

  4. February 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Linda really puts her heart into this song, great choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Jim. It’s a great song. Thanks for the prompt πŸ™‚

  5. February 3, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Sweet!!! Love this song. And a live version just makes this even better!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Yes, she was such a talent. I loved the live version too πŸ™‚

  6. February 3, 2019 at 11:49 am

    This is one of those rare songs that transports you instantly to a hopeful place in your imagination that’s sweet and serene. – tsk

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Yes! I agree with you Tony. It’s very special πŸ™‚

  7. February 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Love this beautiful classic! πŸ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Oh me too! It’s beautiful 😍

  8. February 3, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Linda is one of my favorite female vocalists. She knocks this song out of the park.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Yes, she was amazing, wasn’t she? πŸ’• Thanks Lisa

  9. February 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Beautiful arrangement of a great song.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks Mary πŸ™‚ She was really special πŸ’•

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