Get ready for a Twilight Zone
visit! Many people (including some sharp Songfacts fans
) have noticed a close similarity between this song and Orbison's "Crying." Compare the point in "Crying" where the lyrics get to "But I saw you last night, you held my hand so tight as you stopped to say hello" with the point in "Blue Bayou" where the lyrics get to "All those fishing boats with their sails afloat if I could only see." Go ahead, play then back to back and judge for yourself.
Speaking of "Crying," it has something else in common with "Blue Bayou." Both songs sound great in Spanish with female vocals; "Blue Bayou" as "Lago Azul" by Bibi Gaytan on her 1994 album Manzana Verde
, and "Crying" as "Llorando" by Rebekah del Rio practically stealing the show in her cameo in the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive
. David Lynch originally wanted to use "Crying" in his earlier film Blue Velvet
but switched to "In Dreams." And note that this single was on Ronstadt's album, titled Simple Dreams
. The circles... the circles are converging...