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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Blue Rondo A La Turk

Music by Dave Brubeck 1959
Lyrics by Al Jarreau 1981



"Blue Rondo A La Turk" first appeared on the 1959 Dave Brubeck album "Time Out" which featured songs written in unusual time signatures. This song is written in 9/8 and the solo sections are in 4/4.  While 9/8 sounds mind bendingly complex at first glance, it can be broken down as 1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2-3 (or as some people have already noticed - taco, taco, taco, burrito). When Dave Brubeck received a presidential award from then President and avid jazz fan Bill Clinton, he asked Clinton what his favourite Brubeck Quartet song was. Replying that it was Blue Rondo and even starting to sing the melody at the presentation, Brubeck was so impressed that he sent an autographed copy of the sheet music to the White House, which is now hanging in the Clinton's music room.

Dave Brubeck: piano
Paul Desmond: alto saxophone
Eugene Wright: bass
Joe Morello: drums

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a harmony,
Round, round, round a melody,
Harmony, melody, steadily,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a memory,
Round, round, round a melody,
Memory, melody, merrily,

There's a melody I used to play,
Counterpoint every yesterday,
Swiftly up and down I hasten and,
Chasten my fingers and heart to play,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a memory,
Round, round, round a melody,
Memory, harmony, steadily,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a mystery,
Round, round, round a melody,
Mystery, mirror of history,

Taking over all my reveries,
Hearing passion in the melodies,
Play it up and down so wearily,
Stumbling, fumbling, tumbling,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a harmony,
Round, round, round a melody,
Harmony, melody, memory,

Round, round town I follow you,
Round, round town I'm calling you,
Round, round town I hasten to do,
All the chasing you want me to,

Open up an opportunity,
For I know that you will be,
Truly happy and content with me,
Measure me, treasure me, pleasure me,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a you and me,
Round, round, round a melody,
You and me, melody and harmony,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a harmony,
Round, round, round a melody,
Harmony, mystery, you and me,

Don't you see,
That we were meant to be,
One and the same,
Melody, married to harmony,
One and the same,
Change the score,
We will be ever more,
One and the same,
Melody, married to harmony,
One and the same,

Here it comes, our symphony,
Measure by measure,
A pleasure,
A melody and harmony,
You and me in harmony,
You and me so happy,
We're making it,
Shaking the blues aint bothering me,

Open up an opportunity,
Open up an offer, You will be,
Truly happy and content with me,
Measure me, treasure me, pleasure me,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a you and me,
Round, round, round a melody,
You and me, melody and harmony,

Round, round, round a melody,
Round, round, round a harmony,
Round, round, round a melody,
Harmony, melody, you and me,

Don't you see,
That we were meant to be,
One and the same,
Melody, married to harmony,
One and the same,
Change the score,
We will be ever more,
One and the same,
Melody, married to harmony,
One and the same,

Here it comes, our symphony,
Measure by measure,
A pleasure,
A melody and harmony,
You and me in harmony,
You and me so happy,
We found a new rondo,
To end the blue rondo today...

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