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Roy Orbison: Blue Bayou Meaning

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Song Released: 1963


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  1. anonymous
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    Feb 25th report

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fishing boat with their sails afloat
    Fishing boats have motors and sails don’t float
    Just sayin

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 25th report

    it's literally just a song about a guy that wants to go back to the bayou. not a very complicated song

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 29th report

    In a juxtaposition of modern metallurgy and foreign quintessential elements of noire, the core “Blue Bayou” lyrics of the song quite literally means: “Incredible Blowjob” or “Blew by You”, where he is referring to a hussie to whom he wishes to return to.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2020 report


    Regarding the post "Sep 2nd, 2018 9:49pm", I love your interpretation but it's not possible.

    The song was written in 1963 but his wife died in 1966.

    Orbison wrote a lot of songs with themes of loneliness and yearning, but in many cases there was a lot more to them.

    In an interview with the British paper NME, he said: "Take a song like 'Blue Bayou' for instance, that's simply a song about being on the road. And that is really a happy song. It probably sounds very strange to you for me to say that. The fellow's bound and determined to get back to where you sleep all day and the catfish play and the sailing boats and the girls and all that stuff. It's a beautiful thought. Now granted that it is a sad song, a lonely song, but it's a loneliness that precedes happiness. And I'm not sitting here trying to tell you that I don't sing lonely songs or anything like that."

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2020 report

    You people are on drugs
    Blue Bayou is a tropical island and the words are very clear

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2018 report

    The Title, "Blue Bayou", is not exactly what it seems. Most will interpret it to mean a "Bayou" (marshy outlet of a lake or river), with "Blue" meaning sad. A person feeling sad and at a location. Close.

    Here's my perception: BLUE BAYOU

    Blue - By - you. Roy had lost his wife, Claudette, 24 years old, in a motorcycle accident. Her loss gave him, the "blues." Great sorrow. Find this song line, "If I could only see". Read the 3 lines that follow.

    The meaning: He wakes up in the morning, in bed, alone, with "sleepy eyes". He does not see her. He is heartbroken, grief-stricken - desolate.

    It's a great song. Multiple meanings - all heartfelt.

    Thank you, Roy.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2018 report

    I think it's about being unhappy here in life or missing loved ones that are no longer with you or wishing this or that, and how we often worry and think life is not amazing as is, but that we should realize it will turn around. Once you realize your dreams will come true, you open yourself up to better positive thoughts and by default the hurt will go away.

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 13th 2017 report

    Teaching lyrics.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2017 report

    It was feelings that we once lived,liked,and miss now. but time has changed it. And with are hope and thoughts,searching for it. Wanting tofeel those feelings again.so we fight on to someday feel them again, which will never happened. "a place we been before that we miss but enjoyed, that we wish we could go back to"

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 12th 2015 report

    its about someone who has made a life for themselves far away from home, like in a different country. And the only that keeps them going is the thought that someday they will be able to return. Its a song about a deep deep longing...someone i loved very much listened to it all the time. He eventually commited suicide.

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2012 report

    A man dreams of returning to LA.where he used to stand by the dock and watch the fishing boats. he also still has friends there.


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