Linda Ronstadt: Blue Bayou Meaning
Song Released: 1977
Blue Bayou Lyrics
anonymous 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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