Obscure 70's song

topic posted Tue, March 1, 2005 - 11:28 PM by  Unsubscribed
Ok folks I'm going to throw myself at your mercies. I am trying to figure out the name of a song that came out in 1972 or 1973. All I remember is it being slow almost monotone male singer--- The chorus had the words Colorado, Colorado with some non-sensical singing like by bub by by bub by. The last chorus had California instead of Colorado.

I owned the 45 in junior high and for the life of me cannot remember the artist or song name.
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  • Re: Obscure 70's song

    Wed, March 2, 2005 - 6:46 AM
    Would it be considered a soft rock song or a soul song?

    I've got nearly every 70s song ever released in my CD collection and the only song I can think of with the word Colorado in its lyrics is by John Denver. I know you're not referring to "Rocky Mountain High."

    Can you come up with a few more clues? I've got my reference books right here by my side to help me find that song for you.
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      Re: Obscure 70's song

      Wed, March 2, 2005 - 8:43 AM
      It was a rock song per se --not sure it would be called soft rock. I've ran lyric checks on the web and haven't had much success. The usual suspects are easily eliminated since well they are easy to recognize. I kept thinking it was Leon Redbone until I realized his first album was released in 1976.

      This was purely a shot in the dark. Part of my problem is I listened to a local FM station in the 70's that played some not so well known artist such Norton Buffalo and the more obscure Elvin Bishop etc. At the time it was a true underground FM station here in Northern California.
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        Re: Obscure 70's song

        Wed, March 2, 2005 - 8:59 AM
        It has to be Rocky Mountain High by John Denver, which I happened to be listening to all week!
        • Re: Obscure 70's song

          Wed, March 2, 2005 - 5:38 PM
          >>It has to be Rocky Mountain High by John Denver, which I happened to be listening to all week! <<

          Nope...Ricky Mountain High has no mention of California in it.
  • Re: Obscure 70's song

    Wed, March 2, 2005 - 12:20 PM
    could it be "colorado christmas" by the nitty gritty dirt band?
    • Re: Obscure 70's song

      Wed, March 2, 2005 - 8:08 PM
      if it was kfat, kfat is now kpig. it's run out of the santa cruz area.
      i love me some kpig. they're internet stream used to be free but they took that away :(
      • Re: Obscure 70's song

        Thu, March 3, 2005 - 12:11 AM
        The song, the song! A defunct radio station won't let this guy sleep at night. He needs the song or singer...

        Not John Denver, I think. Jackson Browne & Stephen Stills both had songs with Colorado in the title and verses. I dunno about the "bub bub by bubs" though. It's a Colorado mellow rock mystery...
        • i bet it's jackson browne.

          Fri, March 4, 2005 - 8:13 AM
          that would make sense. do a search for jackson browne & colorado. i would, but i am STILL too sick to hardly do anything.

          NOBODY would remember a song by stephen stills that long.

          at J20 2000 (if anyone does not remember, that was the demo date for the nonelection of the (p)resident) i was standing right next to jackson browne. he was w/ some woman who -definitely- did NOT look like darryl hannah-- just looked like a person. didnt even look like nico. frizzy hair. probably more like his first wife.

          now, i am a tiny person. i may not always be skinny, but i am thin enough to know what my bones look like at all times (if that makes sense) & they are -small-. jackson browne's are even SMALLER. i remember standing next to this reasonably little guy w/ these teeny tiny bones. just so fragile.

          i kept staring (sorry) & i look like a punkrocker or a goth or something, so i bet he thought i hated him.


          i LOVE jackson browne.

          i was in AWE.

          why the hell did he have to make "lawyers in love??"

          why the hell did he have to make nearly anything that came out after the early-mid 70s. i mean, remember "song for adam??" howsabout even "rock me on the water??" there was genius in what this guy could do.

          it's those f'ing record companies. i mean, the man needed some down time to regroup, but reprise or whoever it was then neeed some product.

          oh yukh.
          • Re: i bet it's jackson browne.

            Fri, March 4, 2005 - 8:45 AM
            "Running On Empty" is not only my favorite Jackson Browne song, but it describes how I feel when I try to figure out what song the composer of this thread is trying to remember.

            It was released as a 45, you say? Can you remember what the label looked like? That would help me narrow it down. This has been driving me crazy! I went for a walk this morning and all I could do was mumble "...colorado, buh bye bye buh buh bye..." No wonder I was getting weird looks from the motorists.

            Was the singer Black, White or can you remember? I haven't heard too many songs where a Black man sings fondly about Colorado.

            I need more clues!!!
            • Re: i bet it's jackson browne.

              Fri, March 4, 2005 - 10:16 AM
              Off-topic, but Tribe is the place for devils advocacy, so here I go...

              I don't care one way or another about Steven Stills, but a lot of people like him, and his Colorado song is from his Manasass album. Which I've never heard, though it's supposed to be his classic.

              And when was the last time you heard Lawyers In Love, Edi? It actually isn't such a bad song. Even though it kinda does blow.
              It's vehemently anti-yuppie, which is nice.

              Also, Jackson Browne dated Nico, way before he met Daryl Hannah.

              Need more clues! Colorado & by buh be buh boo aren't cutting it!
              • i know about nico.

                Fri, March 4, 2005 - 12:57 PM
                i mentioned that in my post.

                "lawyers in love" or "rock me on the water"??

                it's the ray davies thing.

                once you pass, say "arthur" or VGPS (i still like "celluloid heroes" but it was one of the first records i ever bought) you start running into the

                "well, maybe.....s"

                it's one thing i noticed in the 80s, people, especially critics, just -digging- for whatever positive potential existed in music. i mean, abc. & i even could -stand- abc. but-- abc.

                abc or "rock me on the water"??

                as for stephen stills, i have read more of the most hysterical excoriating prose written about him than practically anyone.

                he auditioned for the monkees.

                that doesnt matter to me; the monkees were made by bob rafaelson, my father worked on the monkees. i LIKE the monkees.

                better than stephen stills, who is oh, say both pretentious & lightly talented. litely.

                jackson browne had inside him some very, very real talent, which is probably why nico dated someone 5'6" (although there is also lou). & he is cute. even now. but it kind of hurt, i cannot think of any other way to put it, when he or ray davies (i have a GREAT ray davies story, but i never tell it) just threw away (or, more likely, lost) what they had.

                & i am not the only person that says that.

                & "horse w/ no name" sticks in peoples heads a lot too.

                unfortunately since i mentioned it it is probably sticking in a few right now.

                if they read this far.
                • Re: i know about nico.

                  Fri, March 4, 2005 - 5:08 PM
                  I heard Charles Manson auditioned for The Monkees, too. Had he got the part, maybe Sharon Tate and the others would still be alive today. "Mickey, Michael, Peter and Charlie"... I think the only thing Charles had in common with Davy Jones was his stature.

                  Is "Lawyers In Love" the song with that theremin sounding instrument? I don't remember it as well as Classic Jackson stuff.

                  Still need more clues, Mr. Thread Starter! This is really getting to me! Was the song just vocals, acoustic guitar and backbeat, ala Jim Croce's mellower stuff or were there some electric instruments in there, too? Give us some more clues, already! I'm going insane! Buh Bye Buh Buh Bye Bye!
                • Re: i know about nico.

                  Fri, March 4, 2005 - 5:11 PM
                  Sorry, Edi. In my defense of the Nico transgression, I can only say I was scanning and you're posts are pretty epic.

                  That said, Steven Stills, who I'm still not a fan of BTW, was in The Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young. That's him singing on For What It's Worth. And one would imagine, playing rhythm guitar on Mr. Soul. Pretty rocking, says I. Better than a light talent mebbe. But whatever, you're right. He's old and boring.

                  How did we get on Ray Davies? And the ABC of Poison Arrows? Love them both, but I don't think they ever wrote ANY Colorodo-centric ditties?

                  Matt, why hast thou forsaken us? Step up!
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                    Re: i know about nico.

                    Sat, March 5, 2005 - 9:09 AM
                    Matt, where are you? Don't tell me you were driven to the brink of insanity. Hey, we're here to help you figure out what that song is, but you're gonna have to cooperate, too. Clues, man, clues! The "Buh Buh Bye Bye" part... three part harmony or just the singer singing solo? Does the song resemble any other song as far as melody is concerned? Does the singer have a high voice or a deeper Barry White-like tone to his voice? I could be answering e-mail from a hottie right now but I'm taking my time to help you. Get back to us, man.
                    • Hey Matt!

                      Sat, March 5, 2005 - 4:19 PM
                      What Featherfingers said!
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                        Re: Hey Matt!

                        Sat, March 5, 2005 - 9:33 PM
                        Well damn again. I keep trying to post but they disappear or my computer acts up. Actually my computer has become a casualty of this obsession. Seems there are a lot of viruses and spyware attached to lyric sites.

                        So I need to give up on my search before any more hotties are missed or hairs removed.

                        The song was by a male vocalist, sung deadpan almost monotone and was not an upbeat song at all. John Denver it wasnot.
                        • Re: Hey Matt!

                          Sun, March 6, 2005 - 9:48 AM
                          Hey, Matt!!!

                          Glad you got back to us... sorry your computer got sick. I went through that last week.

                          I need to ask one more thing, since my reference books seem to only cover Top 40 hits... did this performer enjoy a long career or was he a one hit wonder? Did you ever hear his voice before or after that song was a 'hit'? I'm sure if you knew that you'd almost be certain who this guy is. Monotone voice? Neil Diamond?

                          Thanks for the tip about those lyrics sites... I go there a lot and that could explain a lot of my computer woes.

                          Hope we find an answer for you soon.
                          • Re: Hey Matt!

                            Sun, March 6, 2005 - 4:40 PM
                            I am grasping at straws but it wasn't "Please come to Boston" was it? I KNOW it is not Colorado but he does mention Denver and it is monotone.

                            BTW-is a prize invovled!?
                            • Re: Hey Matt!

                              Sun, March 6, 2005 - 7:49 PM
                              If meeting Lisa is the prize, give me a couple of minutes and I'll have the answer!
                              • Re: Hey Matt!

                                Sun, March 6, 2005 - 7:54 PM
                                Okay, I'd still like to meet Lisa but I have no answer. You know, I remember buying 45s that received little or no airplay. Maybe that singer was a flash in the pan who made a quick appearance at #39 on the charts and just as quickly disappeared. Not every record was a hit, which means that unless Matt gets hypnotized and is transported back to 1972 -73, we may never know the answer.
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                                  Re: Hey Matt!

                                  Sun, March 6, 2005 - 10:45 PM
                                  You have hit the nail on the head. I am sure this is the only song by the person. It was a shot in the dark that someone would remember it. My brain has run out of cliches so . . .

                                  until Funzone is released on CD, I will go looking for less obscure music. The discovery of Aston, Gardner and Dyke had given me a glimmer of hope-so Resurrection Shuffle will have to sooth my savage breast. Ok I had one last cliche in me.
                                  • Re: Hey Matt!

                                    Mon, March 7, 2005 - 7:32 AM
                                    Wow, that's an Oldie! You oughta look for Crabby Appleton's "Go Back"... now there's a song that'll bring back those memories. It's on one of those Rhino compilation CDs... "Super Hits Of The 70s~Have A Nice Day, Vol. 6". Hey, I bet that song you were originally looking for is on one of those! Hold on... sorry, but I recognize all of the songs and none of them match your description. Should we hang our heads in shame or continue to look for it?

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                                      Re: Hey Matt!

                                      Mon, March 7, 2005 - 6:56 PM
                                      I say thee nay, hang thy heads high. Twas a valiant effort with little backing. I'm just hoping this wasn't some fever dream from the flu I had. I really do appreciate the effort put into discovering this relic. I know someday it will pop up.

                                      It reminds of my friend hunting down "The Rodeo Song" having remembered it from days gone by but had never run across it. Finally he found it as a 45 and paid $20. Within months the song was appearing everywhere including online for downloading.
                                      • Re: Hey Matt!

                                        Mon, March 7, 2005 - 10:58 PM
                                        I ain't giving up yet! Check out this link... scroll down and you can listen to excerpts from songs from the 70s. Maybe the one you're talking about is here. There are about 23 CD's in this series that can be viewed!!! Even if you don't find your song, you may stumble upon a long ago forgotten gem.

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                                          Re: Hey Matt!

                                          Mon, March 7, 2005 - 11:09 PM
                                          Lots of goodies. Most of them I've found one way or another. I just bought a similar compilation because it had Ride Captain Rice by the Blues Image. I think I'm driving my wife crazy with this nostalgia music thing. She is 4 yrs younger and "sigh" listened to a lot of bubble gum/am pop. I was mostly underground rock thanks to 102. I mean it played Dynamo Hum after 11:00.
                                          • Re: Hey Matt!

                                            Tue, March 8, 2005 - 6:46 AM
                                            Isn't that the Frank Zappa song?

                                            I love collecting obscure hits and one hit wonders, which is why I made it my mission to try and find that 'Colorado' song. I've got one last resource... a friend of mine whom I've known since 1973. He's as much into music as I am. All I have to do is call him and tell him "Colorado, Colorado, buh bye buh buh bye buh..." and I'm sure he'll think I've lost my marbles. After I explain, he'll probably have the answer.
                                • Re: Hey Matt!

                                  Tue, March 22, 2005 - 3:14 PM
                                  Lisa is awesome, but you know that's a pic of Raquel Welch she uses as her "avatar", right?

                                  This is 70s Kid, I mean...
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                Re: i bet it's jackson browne.

                Wed, April 11, 2007 - 7:51 AM
                "Also, Jackson Browne dated Nico, way before he met Daryl Hannah."

                way off subject, but Darryl Hannah came in where I work the other day. She isn't as pretty as on the big screen. Gotta love those make up artist.
          • Re: i bet it's jackson browne.

            Sat, April 23, 2005 - 3:20 PM
            I just LOVE to read other people appreciating Jackson Browne. I learned to read from his lyric sleeves in his albums. I am also something of a manic listener to his works and I amd 99.9% sure he didn't have a Colorado song on any album. I have them all (sans Lawyers in Love...grrrrr...Wasn't that on World in Motion? argh)

            I too have stood next to him, and seen him in concert from the front row and yes, he is a wiry little guy...with a ton to say though...LOVE HIM!
  • Re: Obscure 70's song

    Sun, March 20, 2005 - 1:44 AM
    Did it go like this ?


    That's all I can remember, but maybe the "Fi-Fi-Fine..." part will help jog someone else's memory...
    • Re: Obscure 70's song

      Sun, March 20, 2005 - 7:14 AM
      My memory is exhausted from all of that jogging. I'd say we all just keep this in the back of our minds and as we go about our day, the song is bound to pop up on an Oldies radio station. A lot of long lost classics appear on those programs. The question is, is that song considered a Classic? Maybe it's long lost for a reason.
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      Re: Obscure 70's song

      Mon, March 21, 2005 - 9:08 PM
      I think Frank has the right idea. but the Fi ... Fi-Fi-Fine ... Fi-Fi-Fine has the right cadence. I say this since it makes more sense then my by buh buy by.
  • Re: Obscure 70's song

    Sat, March 10, 2007 - 10:49 PM
    I have been looking for this same song! It's been driving me crazy! I grew up in Carmel and must have heard it there, but my husband grew up in the mountains outside Fresno and he remembers it too!
    Did you ever find it???? I remember the lyrics as, "Colorado, Colorado, bahm, ba,pa, bahm, ba, pa, bahm". It's hard to describe.......
    • Re: Obscure 70's song

      Mon, March 12, 2007 - 1:03 PM
      Ok, I'm not crazy either!!! I was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver during the summer/fall of 72. They played the song all the time, but I just can't find it.

      Colorado, Colorado
      Bye buhpa bye buhpa bye

      Colorado, Colorado, Beautiful place that you are
      Feel the sorrow, of tomorrow, Before you go very far
      Listen to the calling of the wilderness...............

      I live in Colorado, and it seems that everyone who was here in the 70's remembers it, but no one knows who it was! I'm pretty sure it was a "one hit wonder" that had mainly regional appeal. It was somewhat a "protest" song against commercialism and tourism.
      I'm going to give the oldies stations around here a call. I'm a musician, and I really want to cover this song!
      • Re: Obscure 70's song

        Mon, March 12, 2007 - 6:01 PM
        The song is Colorado by Danny Holien
        Self-Titled album on Tumbleweed label, 1971

        The chorus is:

        Colorado, Colorado, beautiful place that you are
        Feel the sorrow of tomorrow before you go very far.
        People come from everywhere to see your hills
        Turn into a wonderland of play.
        Visitors from foreign places seeking thrills,
        I can see where it will end some day."
        California come before ya
        People are feeling the strain
        Colorado will you follow
        Letting it happen again.

        Hope I was helpful :)
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          Re: Obscure 70's song

          Thu, March 15, 2007 - 9:37 AM
          looks like matt went missing before our lyrics finders kicked in.. never heard of the song. but i was brought up on the east coast.

          just an aside. imo, manassas was a great album. chris hillman collaborated with stills. bill wyman played on it too. stephen stills is deservedly a solid that album was a big hit on the east coast.
        • Re: Obscure 70's song

          Thu, March 15, 2007 - 8:46 PM
          wow - I want to here it now!
          • Re: Obscure 70's song

            Thu, March 15, 2007 - 8:47 PM
            well I mean hear it now!
            • Re: Obscure 70's song

              Fri, April 6, 2007 - 11:37 AM
              To anyone that would like a copy of Colorado...

              Like most of the people here, I had been looking for this song for YEARS! I was fortunate enough to find a copy from which I have since made an MP3 file. If you are interested, shoot me an email and I will be happy to forward the file along.

              Send an email to epcthree @ and I'll forward the file along to you. Take care!
              • Re: Obscure 70's song

                Sun, April 8, 2007 - 3:54 PM
                Judging from the lyrics I think I like the National Lampoon's "Colorado" better...

                by Christopher Guest, Sean Kelly, and Tony Hendra, 1973

                I'm stuck in this old city now where living ain't no fun
                Where steel and glass and concrete cancel out the wind and sun
                And I'm thinking of last winter now
                when we walked hand in hand
                In the trails of the Colorado Rockies
                The wind sang us a lullaby, the snow was thick as cream,
                And icicles were chandeliers like crystal in a dream
                And the streams were strips of diamond
                And the hills were white as snow,
                And a bear ate all our soybeans in the night

                Oh, Colorado's calling me
                From her hillsides and her rivers and her mesas and her trees,
                When blizzards snap the power lines
                And all the toilets freeze
                In December in the Colorado Rockies

                We had time and space and freedom,
                We had love and peace to spare
                Though we ran out of things to smoke and say and eat and wear
                And the morning of the avalanche
                The Yeti kidnapped Blanche
                And took her to his cave up in the Rockies.

                Oh, Colorado's calling me (HEY!!! YOU!!!)
                From her glaciers and her canyons and her badlands and ravines,
                And infectious hepatitis
                Was all that came to stay
                In January in the Colorado Rockies

                The baby didn't die until we'd burned up all our wood
                Considering we ate her raw, she tasted pretty good
                Then the fascist health inspectors
                Dug us out and mailed us home --
                Except for Blanche who wouldn't leave her mate.

                Oh, Colorado's calling me
                From her mountains and her rivers and her meadows and her trees
                They tell me I'll be cured soon
                Thawed and ready to return
                When it's April in the Colorado Rockies.


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