Appalachia Music

I Heard The Bluebirds Sing

Spotted pony fiddle tune by the pressley girls

Hod Pharis, from Willow Valley, Alberta, wrote the song I Heard the Bluebirds Sing, however most folks connect the song with The Browns who had a hit with it in the 50s. The tune was a favorite of Pap’s back in the day.

The whole Blind Pig Gang gets together most every Sunday afternoon for a little pickin’ and grinnin’ session. Seems like Pap is always remembering some old song and telling the girls they should learn it.

For the last few years Chatter and Chitter have made a dvd of music videos to give to their grandparents and other family members for Christmas. At least a few of Pap’s suggestions from the previous year end up on the dvd. This year they gave I Heard the Bluebird Sing a go. Both girls agreed it was a very hard song to sing-they thought they’d never make it all the way through without messing up (neither did I)-but they finally completed the song.

The song tells a love story in a very catchy manner-you may find yourself humming it for the rest of the day.


Hope you enjoyed the love story of singing bluebirds as told by The Pressley Girls.


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    kay dallas
    February 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    loved loved loved this. memories!!! thank you for sharing!

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    b. Ruth
    February 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Loved the song! It has been a long time since I heard it. I also like Pap loved the Browns..They were a brother and two sisters that had such a sweet soft harmony!
    I also loved their number one hit “Little Jimmy Brown” or “Three Bells” that rose to fame in 1959…
    Speaking of love songs…I always loved “Indian Love Call”…sung by the Browns too, but done by many other artists before them.
    When I was young and we came thru Cherokee on our way home, I would look up to the hills and imagine some fellow singing it to his love! Silly I know, but I was only in seventh grade at the time!
    Great musical post Tipper and girls!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    February 9, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Those girls have talents beyond talents. I have seen them perform they are a natural. Good info girls.

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    Ken Roper
    February 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    That was very well done by the
    Pressley Girls. I especially liked
    the Cajun type fiddle Chitter added.
    It appeared that Chatter liked that
    too. Great job girls. I’m kinda like
    Pap, I listen a lot to the older type
    songs too…Ken

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    February 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Great Song! Hadn’t heard it before but now it’s on my list of songs to learn.
    Love the opening picture of the girls: Smiles, probably some laughter, and just plain joy.
    I know there’s something about teenagerhood that makes kids think they have to have non-expression/boredom/angst(?) on their faces most of the time; but when you’re singing songs you love, songs you enjoy, and songs you enjoy seeing others enjoy – why not let that joy, peace, love, caring – whatever it is that the song expresses, be expressed by your face and your being as you sing and play?
    Let’s see more visions like the first picture and some of that bounce and smiles that eased out near the end of the song – – so very cool!

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    February 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Hark! Our violinist has created a double-stop! There’s no holding her back now…

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Chitter and Chatter did an outstanding job on a difficult song! “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing” is not a song easily sung–and especially to get the harmony so well–like they did! Thank you, girls, and that you, Pop, for introducing the song to them and insisting that they learn and sing it! Great job, all around! I had not heard this song in years! I was so glad to hear it again! Keep up the good work, girls and Grandfather! How fortunate they are to have him close by to help them learn the old songs! I can imagine that even when I write this the Wilson/Pressley singers are getting together for their Sunday afternoon sing!

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    Jim Casada
    February 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Tipper–Pure delight, except for the fact, as you predicted, I’ve caught the lyrics running through my memories all morning. However, so long as they run from my mind and not from my mouth all is well. Somehow when I sing it is like a bird–a vulture.
    Jim Casada

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    February 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Well, Tipper those two beautiful daughters did it again. Such enthusiasm!
    And speaking of BLUE BIRDS – yesterday a blue bird came by our BLUE BIRD HOUSE and actually went inside! Each Spring they nest until the Cat bird comes to nest in the hedge – next to the blue bird house – and the blue birds leave! I have never seen baby blue birds. Guess I should just let the Cat bird rule!
    Eva Nell

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    February 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great job Chitter and Chatter, we love the Pressley Girls!

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    Bob Dalsemer
    February 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I’ve always loved that song! Way to go girls!

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    February 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Ahh! Beautifully done! Great singing! Loved it! I know I will keep that tune in my head all day!

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    Ken Ryan
    February 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Good job, girls!

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    February 9, 2014 at 9:19 am

    A great song by beautiful talented young ladies.

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    Mrs. K
    February 9, 2014 at 8:49 am


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    Sheryl Paul
    February 9, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Great song, I enjoyed hearing them sing it.

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    Marc Kruger
    February 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Your beautiful and talented girls brought back memories of my childhood. Thank you.

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    February 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

    They did a great job! One of my favorites too.

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    February 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Love the Pressley girls!

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    Miss Cindy
    February 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

    It’s beautiful! It sounds like it would be a hard song to learn but they’ve done it and done it fine!

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    February 9, 2014 at 7:23 am

    That does seem like a hard song to get thru, but the Girls did very well..

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    February 9, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I loved this song so much! The Pressley Girls are great!!!! It was a pleasure watching the video and visiting their page on FB. Thanks for sharing, Tipper.

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    February 9, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Listening to and watching the girls sing gave my motherly heart a thrill. They are great girls enjoying a fun song. Thanks Pap for teaching them so well.

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