Lyrics:Buddy G. DeSylva ,Lew Brown Music:Ray Henderson
The song was publishe 1926.
It was later a hit for Frank Sinatra and was frequently performed by popular singers such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden, Pearl Bailey, Deana Martin and Al Hirt. In 1965 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Johnny Carson performed it live at a televised session for "The Frank Sinatra Spectacular".
These are the blues, nothing but the blues. Oh, they say some people long ago Were searching for a different tune One that they could croon As only they can
They only had the rhythm So they started swaying to and fro They didn't know just what to use That is how the blues really began
They heard the breeze in the trees Singing 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 part of the blues
From a whippoorwill Way up on 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, rehearsed it And they sent out the news That the Southland gave birth to the blues