Swingin' Shepherd Blues
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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Along the mountain pass
There is a patch of grass
Where the swingin' shepherd plays a tune
His sheep never stray
Dancin' all day
Until they see the palin' yellow moon
And then he leads his flock
And homeward they all rock
To the tune of the swingin' shepherd blues

This I-is something really extra special
A ditty we like to do just for you
It's the onliest swinginest grooviest thingy that we've ever done
And if you like it then before we are through

Then you ought to move along groove and join this song and I don't have to repeat
It's swing!
Ah yes!




Now it's complete.
Whoa!

Overall Meaning

The Swingin' Shepherd Blues by Ella Fitzgerald is a lively and upbeat tune that tells the story of a shepherd and his sheep who dance to the tune he plays on his flute. The lyrics depict a typical day in the life of the shepherd as he leads his sheep in dancing all day long, and as the sun begins to set, he leads them back home to the tune of his swinging melody. The imagery that the lyrics create is one of a peaceful meadow, with the distant sound of music and the sight of sheep dancing, giving the listener a sense of tranquility and joy.


The overall tone of the song is fun and upbeat, which is further emphasized by the playful use of words and the repetitive phrasing. The line "This I-is something really extra special" is repeated throughout the song, adding to the casual and carefree vibe. The song ends with a final exclamation of "Whoa!" which signifies the end of the swinging melody and the end of the listener's journey through the meadow.


Line by Line Meaning

Along the mountain pass
As we journey through the winding mountain path,


There is a patch of grass
We come across a small meadow,


Where the swingin' shepherd plays a tune
Where the shepherd, full of rhythm and energy, plays his enchanting music,


His sheep never stray
His sheep remain close to him,


Dancin' all day
Dancing and joyfully prancing, throughout the day,


Until they see the palin' yellow moon
Until they see the moon, soft and yellow,


And then he leads his flock
The shepherd then guides his flock,


And homeward they all rock
They all move in unison back to their abode,


To the tune of the swingin' shepherd blues
To the melody of the shepherd's upbeat and lively tune,


This I-is something really extra special
This is something unique and exceptional,


A ditty we like to do just for you
A song we enjoy playing especially for the audience,


It's the onliest swinginest grooviest thingy that we've ever done
It's the coolest and most musical thing we've ever performed,


And if you like it then before we are through
And if you enjoy it until the end of the song,


Then you ought to move along groove and join this song and I don't have to repeat
Then you should get up and dance in sync with the melody, and I won't have to remind you again,


It's swing!
It's a swing song!


Ah yes!
Absolutely!


Now it's complete.
Now we have accomplished a fulfilling performance.


Whoa!
A cry of joy and enthusiasm!




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: KENNY JACOBSON, MOE KOFFMAN, RHODA ROBERTS

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