The Birth of the Blues Lyrics

Bing Crosby


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Lew Brown, B.g. Desylva, B.g. Desylva, Ray Henderson
album: No. 6 track in album It's Easy to Remember
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length: 3:15
performer: Bing Crosby

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Oh! they say some people long ago
Were searching for a diff'rent tune,
One that they could croon
As only they can.

They only had the rhythm so
They started swaying to and fro.
They didn't know just what they had
And that is how the blues really began:

They heard the breeze in the trees
Singing weird melodies
And they made that
The start of the blues.

And from a jail came the wail
Of a down hearted frail,
And they played that
As part of the blues.

From a whippoorwill out on a hill,
They took a new note,
Pushed it through a horn
'til it was born into a blue note.

And then they nursed it, rehearsed it,
And gave out the news
That the south land
Gave birth to the blues!

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 I've Got the Girl
  • 2 Muddy Water
  • 3 Side by Side
  • 4 From Monday On
  • 5 Mississippi Mud
  • 6 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So
  • 7 If I Had You
  • 8 Can't We Be Friends?
  • 9 Happy Feet
  • 10 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
  • 11 Three Little Words
  • 12 I Surrender, Dear
  • 13 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  • 14 Just a Gigolo
  • 15 Out of Nowhere
  • 16 Just One More Chance
  • 17 I'm Through With Love
  • 18 I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  • 19 Dancing in the Dark
  • 20 Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
  • 21 Dinah
  • 22 St. Louis Blues
  • 23 Sweet Georgia Brown
  • 24 Please
  • 25 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
  • 1 Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • 2 You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
  • 3 I've Got the World on a String
  • 4 The Last Round-Up
  • 5 Love in Bloom
  • 6 June in January
  • 7 Soon
  • 8 It's Easy to Remember
  • 9 Red Sails in the Sunset
  • 10 Silent Night, Holy Night
  • 11 Moonburn
  • 12 The Touch of Your Lips
  • 13 Pennies From Heaven
  • 14 Shoe Shine Boy
  • 15 The Way You Look Tonight
  • 16 Sweet Leilani
  • 17 Too Marvellous for Words
  • 18 The Moon Got in My Eyes
  • 19 Remember Me
  • 20 Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
  • 21 Don't Be That Way
  • 22 I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
  • 23 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  • 24 If I Had My Way
  • 25 An Apple for the Teacher
  • 1 Sierra Sue
  • 2 Mister Meadowlark
  • 3 Trade Winds
  • 4 Only Forever
  • 5 Along the Santa Fe Trail
  • 6 Tea for Two
  • 7 Yes Indeed
  • 8 San Antonio Rose
  • 9 The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid
  • 10 The Birth of the Blues
  • 11 You Are My Sunshine
  • 12 Deep in the Heart of Texas
  • 13 Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie
  • 14 White Christmas
  • 15 Moonlight Becomes You
  • 16 Sunday, Monday or Always
  • 17 People Will Say We're in Love
  • 18 San Fernando Valley
  • 19 Swinging on a Star
  • 20 I Love You
  • 21 Night and Day
  • 22 I'll Be Seeing You
  • 23 There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
  • 24 Ral
  • 25 Don't Fence Me In
  • 1 Mine
  • 2 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  • 3 Put It There Pal
  • 4 Baia
  • 5 You Belong to My Heart (Solamente Una Vez)
  • 6 If I Loved You
  • 7 Close as Pages in a Book
  • 8 Along the Navajo Trail
  • 9 It's Been a Long, Long Time
  • 10 I Can't Begin to Tell You
  • 11 Day by Day
  • 12 Sioux City Sue
  • 13 After You've Gone
  • 14 South America, Take It Away
  • 15 A Couple of Song and Dance Men
  • 16 I Still Suits Me
  • 17 Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • 18 Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
  • 19 Embraceable You
  • 20 But Beautiful
  • 21 Sam's Song
  • 22 Autumn Leaves
  • 23 I've Never Been in Love Before
  • 24 If I Were a Bell