The Great Songs: The Jayhawks – Blue

by Eric Melin on April 7, 2010

in Columns,The Great Songs

Week three of our new series spotlights a song that never, ever gets old. Some how, every time I hear it, it makes me want to sing to the rafters. I suppose it’s as close to a gospel song as I’ll ever have in my life.

jayhawks-blue.jpgIt’s the lead track off of 1995’s “Tomorrow the Green Grass,” the fourth record by Minneapolis’ The Jayhawks. It’s called, simply, “Blue,” and its a beautiful folk/country/pop hybrid written and sung by Gary Louris and Mark Olson.

Why this record never got the attention it deserved, I’ll never know. This song should have been a massive radio hit.

Besides the subtle string section and the perfect harmonies of its two singers, “Blue” features a short, infectious middle eight where Olson and Louris take different complementary vocal lines for a brief emotional outburst:

“Stand by, stand by, waiting round
(All my life I’m waiting for, someone I could hold the door)
Now that I’m blue, that I’m blue
(But nothing seems to change, you’ll come back I know)
From now on, so…”

…before sweeping right back into that simple, majestic chorus:

“Blue, why don’t you stay behind”

Heaven.

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Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 TrustTheDust April 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

YEAH, OK i get it. jeez.

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2 TrustTheDust April 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

YEAH, OK i get it. jeez.

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3 C.Tolle April 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

this song was actually a pretty big hit for them in the UK. It’s fucking lovely.

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4 C.Tolle April 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

this song was actually a pretty big hit for them in the UK. It’s fucking lovely.

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5 Troy April 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I will never forget the Jayhawks. I saw then open for the black crows back in late 92. I will never forget their sound and the amount of raw live emotion they had. It has remained in my top 10 shows to this day.

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6 Troy April 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I will never forget the Jayhawks. I saw then open for the black crows back in late 92. I will never forget their sound and the amount of raw live emotion they had. It has remained in my top 10 shows to this day.

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7 Eric Melin April 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I missed that show, and despite seeing them several times since, I never saw them with Olson and regret it to this day.

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8 Eric Melin April 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I missed that show, and despite seeing them several times since, I never saw them with Olson and regret it to this day.

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9 jack duhamel January 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

i bought this single

– Jack Duhamel

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