The song was written to help Roy Orbison deal with the grief of losing his wife to a terrible accident. Blue Bayou is a vision in his mind. It does not exist....
I feel so bad I've got a worried mind
I'm so lonesome all the time
Since I left my baby behind on blue bayou

Savin' nickels, savin' dimes
Workin' till the sun don't shine
Lookin' forward to happier times on blue bayou

I'm goin' back some day, come what may, to blue bayou
Where you sleep all day and the catfish play on blue bayou
All those fishin' boats with their sails afloat, if I could only see
That familiar sunrise through sleepy eyes how happy I'd be

Oh, to see my baby again
And to be with some of my friends
Maybe I'd be happy then on blue bayou

I'm goin' back some day, gonna stay on blue bayou
Where the folks are fine and the world is mine on blue bayou
Ah, that girl of mine by my side
The silver moon and the evening tide
Ah, some sweet day gonna take away this hurtin' inside

I'll never be blue, my dreams come true on blue bayou


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"Blue Bayou" as written by Roy Orbison Joe Melson

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    General CommentThis song is about him leaving his women behind and he is missing her , he is working hard to save to go and see her , He sings in the song "I'm going back some day come what may to Blue Bayou" Blue being water and bayou ~
    "A Bayou is an American term for a body of water typically found in flat, low-lying areas, and can refer either to an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline), or to a marshy lake or wetland. The name "bayou" can also refer to creeks that water level changes due to tides and hold brackish water which is highly conducive to fish life and plankton. Bayous are commonly found in the Gulf Coast region of the southern United States, notably the Mississippi River region, with the state of Louisiana being famous for them. A bayou is frequently an anabranch or minor braid of a braided channel that is moving much more slowly than the mainstem, often becoming boggy and stagnant. Though vegetation varies by region, many bayous are home to crawfish, certain species of shrimp, other shellfish, catfish, frogs, toads, american alligators, american crocodiles, and a myriad of other species."
    So he really hurting to be back on the bayou with his friends and women ... finally the end of the song saying "I'll never be blue, my dreams come true on Blue Bayou" that he's made his way home :)

    A total classic .
    schmidty79on March 04, 2012   Link
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    General Commenthow are there no comments on this? his song is classic. orbison's voice is so unique, i could listen toit forever. i love the back up singers here too. ahh i just love this song. meaning is obvious...
    jasssson October 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentperfect, especially the intro the vocal rhythm's slightly off in the beginning in a perfect way. did i say perfect (love)
    horatioduneon December 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song!! Roy Orbison's voice is perfect. I think this has to do with someday having a perfect life and always to aspire for that beautiful life even if you can't see it at the moment.
    supernukeon August 02, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI just think of an inmigrant that left his o her child, family and friends behind. Had troubles once being there and now has no money to go back. He or she is determined to work hard or make whatever it takes to go back home but is having a hard time to make it, so is feeling blue and depressed for having made such a bad desicion, but sure that someday will make it, hopefully not too late.
    tamalitoon September 12, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretationits about someone who has made a life for themselves far away from home, i.e. in, a different country, and they go through the with athat deep hollow longing, but at the dame time hope, that they will be "going back someday..." which makes the bustle & grind bareable. Its a song about a deep deep longing...someone i loved very much listened to it all the time. He eventually commited suicide.
    lecakson December 12, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis is a "coming home" song. Simple, eloquent and as always with Roy - crisp clear lyrics from the heavens. God I miss Roy.
    jadeiaon June 06, 2016   Link

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