Posted by: Rolf | December 3, 2012

Up A Lazy River

Louis Armstrong1When Louis Armstrong, a true American musical genius began recording “tin pan” alley tunes he made each one his unmistakable own.

Reinventing vocals, timing, sound… the whole of music, he showed us lesser mortals how it’s done. Armstrong recorded Up a Lazy River, in 1931.

Do you remember the excitement and pure joy this utterly new and brilliant form of music had on an America bursting at the seams?

The tune begins typically as saxes come in real hokey, corny, playing the melody. And then, in comes Louis, condescending and showing everyone a whole new way of playing melody. Completely unhinged, the music boils down to its essential, to one note — and then he improvises.

He invented swing.

He transformed American music forever.

Clearly, Armstrong is one the more influential vocalist that America ever produced. And don’t get me started on his trumpet playing.

Here it is. Louis Armstrong’s “Up a Lazy River”…


Louis Armstrong Lazy River Lyrics

Up a lazy river by the old mill stream
That lazy, hazy river where we both can dream
Linger in the shade of an old oak tree
Throw away your troubles, dream a dream with me

Up a lazy river where the robin’s song
Wakes up in the mornin’, as we roll along
Blue skies up above ….everyone’s in love
Up a lazy river, how happy we will be, now
Up a lazy river with me

(instrumental break)

Up a lazy river by the old mill run
That lazy, lazy river in the noon day sun
You can linger in the shade of that fine ole tree
Throw, away your troubles, baby, dream with me

Up a lazy river where the robin’s song
Wakes a brand new mornin’ as we roll along
There are blue skies up above…and as long as we’re in love
Up a lazy river, how happy we could be
If you go up a lazy river with me
Ah said with me now…..goin’up that… lazy river….. with me

In His Grip and Serving Grace…

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