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    Song Lyrics / P / Perry Como / Birth Of The Blues Lyrics
    Oh . . . they say some people long ago,
    Were searchin' for a diff'rent tune,
    One that they could croon,
    As only they can . . .

    They only had the rhythm . . . so,
    They started swayin' to and fro . . .
    They didn't know just what to use,
    That is how the blues,
    Really began . . .

    They heard the breeze in the trees,
    Singin' 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 the hill,
    They took a new note ( whippoorwill, whippoorwill, whippoorwill . . . )
    Pushed it through a horn 'till it was worn,
    Into a blue note . . . ( whippoorwill, whippoorwill, whippoorwill . . . )

    An' then they nursed it, and rehearsed it,
    And gave out the news,
    That the "southland" . . .
    Gave birth to the blues!

    ( shout out the wonderful news! )

    Oh, the breeze from the trees,
    A wail from the jail,
    A buzz from the cousin of a nightin'gale,
    And "southland" ( hello, hello! )
    Gave birth to the blues!

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