Words & Music: Irving Berlin (1926)

Lyrics

Blue skies
Smiling at me,
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see.

Bluebirds
Singing a song,
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long.

Never saw the sun
Shining so bright,
Never saw things
Going so right,
Noticing the days
Hurrying by,
When you’re in love, my,
How they fly.

Blue days,
All of them gone,
Nothing but blue skies
From now on.

Background

The song was composed in 1926 as a last minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. Although the show only ran for 39 performances, “Blue Skies” was an instant success, with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star Belle Baker! It was also one of the songs in the first feature-film “talkie,” The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson.

“Blue Skies” is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use the bluebird as a symbol of happiness.

Performances

Here is Bing Crosby’s performance of “Blue Skies” from the 1946 movie of the same name (also starring Fred Astaire).

And here is Bobby Darin swinging it live in 1963: