The Birth of the Blues

Words & 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.


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.

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