Track Title:               The Birth Of The Blues
Album Title:               The Columbia Years, 1943-1952, Vol. 12

Prime Artist:              Frank Sinatra
Arranger:                  Heine Beau
Lyrics by:                 B.G. DeSylva  (aka 'Buddy', aka, 'George Gard DeSylva')
Lyrics by:                 Lew Brown

Music by:                  Ray Henderson
From the Show:             George White's Scandals of 1922 (S)
        These are the blues
        Nothin' but blues

        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 swayin' to and fro
        They didn't know just what to use, this 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 a part of the blues

                From a whippoorwill way upon a hill they took a new note
                Pushed it through a horn until it was worn into a blue note
                And then they nursed it, they rehearsed it and then sent out that news
                That the Southland gave birth to the blues

                They nursed it, then they rehearsed it, and they sent out that news
                That the Southland, they gave birth to the blues

Transcribed by Ron Hontz

>From material submitted by
Larry Henares of the Philippines