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Linda Ronstadt: Blue Bayou Meaning

Song Released: 1977


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    Mar 2nd, 2016 3:11am report


    Whatever else this song may be about, it describes a unique
    fishing technique practiced in the swampy water (bayous)
    of the southeastern United States.
    The line “and the fishing boats with their sails afloat”
    describes how fishermen on these bayous catch fish.
    When the white-sailed fishing boat reaches the fishing grounds,
    the crew capsizes the boat onto its side, so that its white sail
    is afloat on the surface of the water. It startles the fish,
    which come to the surface to investigate the sudden appearance
    of a great white expanse in the roof of their watery home.
    The fish having been attracted to the surface of the water,
    the fishermen scoop them into their hold, before they right
    their vessel and sail home.

    It is surprising how many fishing-ignorant listeners interpret
    “sails afloat” as “sails aloft (i.e., up on the sailboat’s mast)”.




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