Blue SkiesWords & Music by Irving Berlin, 1923
Recorded by Willie Nelson, 1978*
Em B+ Em7 A7 Blue skies smiling at me, C#m7-5 G Em7 C9 D+ G B7 Nothing but blue skies do I see. Em B+ Em7 A7 Bluebirds singin' a song, C#m7-5 G Em7 C9 D+ G Nothing but blue birds all day long. Bridge: G G6 Cm G Never saw the sun shining so bright, C G D G Never saw things going so right. G G6 Cm G Noticing the days hurrying by, C G B7 Em B+ When you're in love, my, my, how they fly. Em B+ Em7 A7 Blue days, all of them gone -- C#m7-5 G C9 D+ G Gdim Dm7sus4 G Nothing but blue skies from now on.
* Willie Nelson's #1 country hit in 1978 was but the latest in a long series of successful versions of this standard. Introduced in the 1927 musical "Betsy" by Belle Baker, it reached the charts no less than six times that year -- by Ben Selvin (#1); George Olsen (#2); Vincent Lopez (#9); Johnny Marvin and Ed Smalle (also #9); Harry Richman (# 13); and Vaughn Deleath. It Charted in 1941 by Johnny Long (#22), then again in 1946 by both Count Basie (#8) and Benny Goodman (#9).