Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

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Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby jar546 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:40 pm

I have to do this song in the key of A for our female singer but cannot find the sheet music anywhere. The bass starts this song and I would like to be as close to the original as possible.

I have transposed piano sheet music using the bass clef but have to make changes when they have you use low notes which I end up raising an octave.

Anyone have music for this? My ear is not great since I am newer. There are some songs I can figure out but with the key change I would rather go off the notation and transpose to A if I have to.


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Re: Blue Bayout - Linda Ronstadt

Postby harleyyy » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:43 pm

Did you spell it "Bayou" on your search? There is no "t" in Bayou.....

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/ronsta ... -2272.html
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Re: Blue Bayout - Linda Ronstadt

Postby GonzoBass » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:30 pm

According to this tab Pete posted,
the original's in B.
So it should easily drop down a whole step to your open A and open E strings
(although you could catch the A at your 5th fret on your E).

The only thing you might have to raise an octave would be the E in the chorus of the original,
which transposes down to D.

...but you say you're playing a 5 string.
So even that should be no problem for you:
Third fret on your B string.

Does all this get you in the ballpark?
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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby jar546 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:55 am

Thanks for the help. After I posted this I found the tabs (which I am not a fan of but they are useful) in the link posted above then I transposed it down to A which was easy.

I did my major scale starting at the 5th fret of the E string so my lower octave E is now at the 5th fret of my B string keeping the entire song within 4 frets and 3 strings.

Now I will see how it sounds.

Looks like a bumped the T in Bayou, sorry for the spelling error

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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby jar546 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:50 am

Yeah, the cowboylyrics tab is way off. I will be trying it by ear like I should have from the beginning.
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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby charII » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:10 pm

I like the version she did with the Muppets.....
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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby SmittyG » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:21 am

I learned this song for a singer I was backing a couple of years ago. Don't remember the details now, but it was a pretty easy bass line to pick out by ear and, once under your hands, no problem at all to move around the keys. Just listen to it a few times without your bass in hand and get it in your head (once it's there, it is actually one of those tunes that won't leave--I'm humming it to myself now just because this thread got me thinking about it).
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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby GonzoBass » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:33 am

I can't believe none of us thought of this earlier,
but try punching this into your Google and see how many pages you get:

"roy orbison"+"blue bayou"+tab

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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby Golem » Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:21 am

GonzoBass wrote:I can't believe none of us thought of this earlier,
but try punching this into your Google and see how many pages you get:

"roy orbison"+"blue bayou"+tab

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If you google a song very casually, you'll usually get about 10:1 lyrics-only, without the changes. I guess scaryoke is taking over. I usually use the advanced google page, cuzza the "Must Include [word] OR [word] OR [word]" feature.

For each of those "words" I include a likely chord. To the Mind Of Google, a chord is just a string of characters, so make sure they are unambiguous. That means that "Em" is almost useless [it's a common string in english language]. Also, IIRC, C7 or CM7 is some chemical that gets a lotta web action. Obviously Gm is General Motors, etc etc. Dm7 is a good one, but it's not in every tune .... anywayz, you get my drift.

The above problem is less of a problem if you also google a very unambiguous line from the lyrics, instead of using the title. Avoid lyric lines that may be spelled coloquially. Don't use "Old man river" and "He must know something" cuz maybe it's Ol' man ribba" and "Mus' know sumpt'n". Sometimes, I''ll google casually first, by title, then pop open a lyrics-only page, just to look for lines to use in the more focused search that is meant to net me the changes.

I googled the following search line. Notice that I skipped the word "going" cuz it might be "goin' " and skipped "bayou" cuz someone might misspell it. Here's the exact search line:

familiar sunrise happy eyes Em7 OR Dm7 OR Fm7 "back some day come what may to blue" -amazon -karaoke


And I got 5 hits, 4 of which show the chords even on the search results page, before even opening up the hits to take a look.

This is the search result page:

Web Results 1 - 5 of 5 English pages for familiar sunrise happy eyes Em7 OR Dm7 OR Fm7 "back some day come what may to blue" -amazon -karaoke. (0.36 seconds)

[PDF] Blue BayouFile Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML
If I could only see that familiar sunrise through sleepy eyes. C. how happy I'd .... Sing of happy not sad. G Am D7. Sing, sing a song... make it. G Dm7 G7 ...
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Roy Orbison... Blue Bayou C G7 I'm goin' back some day, come what may, to Blue Bayou C Where ... C [N.C.] That familiar sunrise thru sleepy eyes how happy I'd be C Oh, ...
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Country Music Lyrics Volume 2 by Joseph George CaldwellI'M GOING BACK SOME DAY COME WHAT MAY TO BLUE BAYOU! WHERE YOU SLEEP ALL DAY AND THE CATFISH ... THAT FAMILIAR SUNRISE THROUGH SLEEPY EYES HOW HAPPY I'D BE ...
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Country Music Lyrics Volume 2 with Chords by Joseph George CaldwellI'M GOING BACK SOME DAY COME WHAT MAY TO BLUE (B7) BAYOU! ... THAT FA(E)MILIAR SUNRISE THROUGH (B7) SLEEPY EYES HOW (E) HAPPY I'D BE GO TO SEE MY BABY AGAIN ...
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[PDF] Lay Lady LayFile Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
I’m going back some day come what may to Blue Bayou ... That familiar sunrise through sleepy eyes how happy I’d be. F C7. Go to see my baby again ...
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Here's the URL for the results page:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q ... afe=images


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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby jshilgebass » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:50 pm

SmittyG wrote:I learned this song for a singer I was backing a couple of years ago. Don't remember the details now, but it was a pretty easy bass line to pick out by ear and, once under your hands, no problem at all to move around the keys. Just listen to it a few times without your bass in hand and get it in your head (once it's there, it is actually one of those tunes that won't leave--I'm humming it to myself now just because this thread got me thinking about it).

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The first singer I did this tune with many years ago, we did it in the key of C. Often we used this song as the opener in our first set of the night; I did the harmony vocals on the chorus.

Fast forward to last year...another singer that I did this song with, we transposed the song down to Bb (she was definitely a low-voiced alto!) and I was still able to play it comfortably. And I did the harmony vocals on this version too.

Great song to play bass on...and I'm also humming this tune to myself as I type this! [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]


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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:30 pm

Anyone else remember this tune being a crucial plot point in Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher"?
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Re: Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

Postby harmony » Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:06 pm

Guys, I am so glad I just happened upon this thread. I've been singing this in the key of C and have been finding it a bit difficult to do that high part. My friends said I was doing the high part in falsetto. One note down makes a great difference and enabled me to sing it in a human fashion. But in investigating this, I find that down to A is lovely and quite easy. Many thanks. And, a music teacher once said "never ask musicians to play a song in the key of B -- they hate that key." HOI DA???
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