The Birth of the BluesWords & Music by B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson
Recorded by Frank Sinatra, 1952
A7(V) G#7 G7 C C/B Dm7 G7 They heard the breeze in the trees G7+ C E7 F Singing weird melodies D7 G7 C G#7 G7 And they made that the start of the blues. A7(V) G#7 G7 C Am Dm7 And from a jail came the wail G7 C E7 F Of a down-hearted frail D7 G7 Dm7 G7 C Fdim C And they played that as part of the blues. Bridge: C C/B E7 Dm6 E7 From a whippoorwill, out on a hill, Dm6 Bm7-5 E7 Bm7-5 They took a new note, E7 A7 A7sus4 A7 Pushed it through a horn til it was born Am7 D7 G7 Into a new note. A7(V) G#7 G7 C Am Dm7 G7 And then they nursed it, rehearsed it, G+ C Bm7-5 E7 F And gave out the news D7 Dm7 G7 C Am G#7 G7 That the southland gave birth to the blues. Repeat Bridge: (Repeat last verse) Last time: D7 Dm7 G7 G#7 - G7 Gdim C Bb7 G#7 C That the southland gave birth to the blues.