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Bye Bye Blackbird (live)


Album: Ghosts
Category: Fingerstyle Guitar, Americana, British Isles



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Description: Bye Bye Blackbird written by Ray Henderson (melody) and Mort Dixon (lyrics)

Despite recovering from a lost voice, I love my version here... I pieced together the 'lost' lyrics to create a poignant piece of Americana.

Recorded without amp or microphone in an intimate venue in Frampton Upon Severn, England.


Blackbird, blackbird singing the blues all day G D G
Right outside of my door. AM D DM
Blackbird, blackbird why do you sit and say G D G
There's no sunshine in store? AM D
All through the winter you hung around. AM D
Now I begin to feel homeward bound. AM D
Blackbird, blackbird gotta be on my way G D G
Where there's sunshine galore. AM D DM D

Pack up all my cares and woes, G
Here I go, singing low, D G
Bye, bye, blackbird. G C D
Where somebody waits for me, D
Sugar is sweet, so is she, DM
Bye, bye, blackbird. DM G
No one here can love and understand me, G G7 EM
Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me. AM D DM

Make my bed and light the light, G
I'll arrive late tonight, D EM
Blackbird, bye, bye. AM D G

Blackbird, blackbird, calling me far away G D G
I've been longing for you. AM D DM
Blackbird, blackbird, what do I hear you say? G D G
Skies are turning to blue, AM D
I'm like a flower that's fading here, AM D
Where ev'ry hour is one long tear. AM D
Blackbird, blackbird this is my lucky day. G D G
Now my dreams will come true. AM D DM D

Pack up all my cares and woes, G
Here I go, singing low, D G
Bye, bye, blackbird. G C D
Where somebody waits for me, D
Sugar is sweet, so is she, DM
Bye, bye, blackbird. DM G

I said, No one here can love and understand me, G G7 EM DM
Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me. AM D DM

So, make my bed and light the light, G
I'll arrive late tonight, D EM
Blackbird, bye, bye. AM D G
Make my bed and light the light, G
I'll arrive late tonight, D EM
Blackbird, AM
I said blackbird, AM
I said blackbird, AM
Oh, blackbird, bye, bye.AM D G



The verses of the 1926 song written by Ray Henderson (melody) and Mort Dixon (lyrics) are far less known. I discovered two "missing" verses:

Whoever the singer is, he/she is tired of whatever they've left home for and want to make a prodigal return, referred to in the second verse:

A song made popular by two of my favourite singers Josephine Baker and Rickie Lee Jones

Submitted: November 16, 2016 6:02PM


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