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Best Homesick Songs

GUEST,jonesnudger 26 Feb 16 - 08:06 AM
Joe_F 23 Feb 16 - 04:29 PM
kendall 23 Feb 16 - 10:30 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 23 Feb 16 - 09:43 AM
gillymor 23 Feb 16 - 07:36 AM
GUEST,FLUSH 23 Feb 16 - 06:51 AM
Mehitabel 10 Oct 15 - 07:33 PM
GUEST,DTM 10 Oct 15 - 06:43 PM
wysiwyg 07 Oct 15 - 10:16 AM
cnd 07 Oct 15 - 06:44 AM
GUEST,HiLo 07 Oct 15 - 05:06 AM
PHJim 06 Oct 15 - 11:27 PM
Jack Campin 06 Oct 15 - 04:46 PM
Sir Roger de Beverley 06 Oct 15 - 10:44 AM
PHJim 06 Oct 15 - 08:57 AM
Young Buchan 05 Oct 15 - 04:16 PM
wysiwyg 05 Oct 15 - 11:25 AM
Janie 19 May 14 - 11:12 PM
Janie 19 May 14 - 11:02 PM
Joe_F 19 May 14 - 09:09 PM
Steve Gardham 19 May 14 - 06:11 PM
ranger1 08 Aug 12 - 09:01 PM
Joybell 08 Aug 12 - 08:36 PM
Joe_F 08 Aug 12 - 08:29 PM
Bert 08 Aug 12 - 12:10 PM
GUEST,nathan 07 Aug 12 - 01:50 PM
Joe_F 10 Jun 11 - 08:30 PM
GUEST,TomC 10 Jun 11 - 12:40 PM
John on the Sunset Coast 10 Jun 11 - 10:51 AM
Elmore 10 Jun 11 - 10:26 AM
kendall 09 Jun 11 - 07:22 PM
Amergin 09 Jun 11 - 06:10 PM
GUEST,Joe 09 Jun 11 - 06:04 PM
GUEST,Chef I. Etta 27 Sep 06 - 05:52 PM
GUEST,Chef I. Etta 27 Sep 06 - 05:50 PM
GUEST,lox 27 Sep 06 - 05:37 PM
GUEST,IBO 27 Sep 06 - 05:29 PM
dick greenhaus 27 Sep 06 - 01:33 PM
GUEST,ibo 27 Sep 06 - 01:27 PM
bobad 26 Sep 06 - 06:28 PM
Scoville 26 Sep 06 - 05:26 PM
GUEST,IBO 26 Sep 06 - 03:53 PM
eddie1 22 Sep 06 - 04:00 AM
Joe_F 21 Sep 06 - 11:25 PM
bfdk 21 Sep 06 - 05:01 PM
eddie1 21 Sep 06 - 03:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,jonesnudger
Date: 26 Feb 16 - 08:06 AM

'Windy Town' by Chris Rea is a lament for Middlesborough, I believe.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 23 Feb 16 - 04:29 PM

The Jamestown Homeward Bound


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: kendall
Date: 23 Feb 16 - 10:30 AM

The town I love so well.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 23 Feb 16 - 09:43 AM

I haven't read through all the previous postings on this topic, but I've loved this Jimmie Rodgers for nearly 60 yrs.
Homesick Jimmie


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: gillymor
Date: 23 Feb 16 - 07:36 AM

This one makes the tears well up and takes me back to my childhood home in Maryland for some reason, Erin Gra Mo Chroi.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,FLUSH
Date: 23 Feb 16 - 06:51 AM

Across the Hills of Home, Eric Bogle


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Mehitabel
Date: 10 Oct 15 - 07:33 PM

Kate and Anna McGarrigle's "Talk to me of Mendocino" does it for me every time I hear it.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 10 Oct 15 - 06:43 PM

"The Boys Of Cally Burn"
"Wild Geese" - Jim Reid
"Going Home" - Runrig
"The Broom Of Cowdenknowes"


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Oct 15 - 10:16 AM

Thanks!


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOODBYE TO THE LOWLANDS
From: cnd
Date: 07 Oct 15 - 06:44 AM

Well, this version was recorded by Cathy Barton, Dave Para, Caroline Patton, David Patton, Sandy Patton, Ed Trickett, and Harry Tuft, but let me know if the lyrics are significantly different

GOODBYE TO THE LOWLANDS

My hometown's been tore down, I can't find my way
With its high gates and houses and my grand-dad's old place
And the last old log house has been bull-dozed away
And lately I wonder just why I should stay

Goodbye to the Lowlands and the green fields of old
Goodbye to the long roads I love to roam
Goodbye to the good friends and the good times I've known
Rollin' away, maybe goin' home

They've landscaped the cornfields, the back roads are paved
And they built lots of houses with false country names
Names of the farms and the fields that they've changed
But they can't hide the truth with what little remains

Goodbye to the Lowlands and the green fields of old
Goodbye to the long roads I love to roam
Goodbye to the good friends and the good times I've known
Rollin' away, maybe goin' home

There's a lot I remember when I told him goodbye
With the deep hurt of parting, I was too lost to cry
There's a lot I remember for a place and a time
They're gone like the rains that once passed in the night

Goodbye to the Lowlands and the green fields of old
Goodbye to the long roads I love to roam
Goodbye to the good friends and the good times I've known
Rollin' away, maybe goin' home

Goodbye to the Lowlands and the green fields of old
Goodbye to the long roads I love to roam
Goodbye to the good friends and the good times I've known
Rollin' away, maybe goin' home

Goodbye to the Lowlands and the green fields of old
Goodbye to the long roads I love to roam
Goodbye to the good friends and the good times I've known
Rollin' away, maybe goin' home

Lyrics transcribed by ear from here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ2czPhGp8o


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 07 Oct 15 - 05:06 AM

The May Morning Dew. A sad reminder that you cannot step into the same river twice.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 06 Oct 15 - 11:27 PM

Home by The Cheap Suit Serenaders


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Oct 15 - 04:46 PM

This is a classic nostalgia song for Arabic-speaking exiles from the Middle East:

Fairouz: Nassam Aleyna El Hawa

lyrics and translation

staff notation

Fairouz is a Lebanese Christian, but the song has always been popular with Palestinians of all persuasions. Just about all Syrians will know it. It would be a good one to know if you're somewhere Syrian refugees will go to.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 06 Oct 15 - 10:44 AM

This one from the Kings of Convenience is pretty nice. It is called "Homesick"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oll6UfK6iUg

R


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOME (Van Steeden/Clarkson/Clarkson)
From: PHJim
Date: 06 Oct 15 - 08:57 AM

Has the song "Home" been mentioned? I learned it from a Cheap Suit Serenaders record. I included chords for one of my students who wanted to learn the song.

Home    Van Steeden, Clarkson, Clarkson   1931
                   from R. Crumb & The Cheap Suit Serenaders

(G) When shadows (F#) fall
And (Am7) trees whisper, (Bbm7) "Day is (Bm7) end(D7)ing",
(Am7) My thoughts are (Bbm7) ever (Bm7) wen(D7)ding
(G) Home.(G#°) (Am7) (D7)

(G) When crickets (F#) call,
My (Am7) heart is for(Bbm7)ever (Bm7) year(D7)ning
(Am7) Once more to (Bbm7) be re(Bm7)turning
(G) Home. (C) (G) (G7)

(C) When the hills conceal the setting (G) sun, (C) (G) (G7)
(C) Stars begin a-peeping, one by (D7) one. (D#7) (D7)

(G) Night covers (F#) all,
And (Am7) though fortune (Bbm7) may for(Bm7)sake (D7) me,
(Am7) Sweet dreams will (Bbm7) ever (Bm7) take (D7) me
(G) Home.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Young Buchan
Date: 05 Oct 15 - 04:16 PM

Bert has already had Miner's Dam of Home, so I'll bid Song of the Thrush.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Oct 15 - 11:25 AM

Anyone have lyrics to a song referenced upthread? Craig Johnson's "Goodbye to the Lowlands"

~S~


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Subject: Lyr Add: WEST VIRGINIA CHOSE ME (Colleen Anderson)
From: Janie
Date: 19 May 14 - 11:12 PM

Another song specifically about West Virginia that always makes me want to cry (and fills me with guilt that I have such longing, but don't really ever want to have to move back - I just always want to be from there.)

WEST VIRGINIA CHOSE ME

By Colleen Anderson

Someone's always leaving here, it's just that kind of place
It's just that kind of world today you learn to live with loss
The grass is always greener there, just on the other side
The air is always cleaner there, the sky is twice as wide
I'm not the type to argue, I won't say it isn't true
It's just the kind of place for passing through.

Tom's in California now, and John's up north in Maine
Will went down to Raleigh, says he won't be back again
Annie's in Chicago and she likes it by the lake
Even Katie crossed the border, finally made the break
And if I had a dollar for every time I've said goodbye
There's nothing in this world I couldn't buy.

Chorus
But a few of us are staying and it's not a point of choice
It's not we who do the choosing we are chosen by the place
And West Virginia Chose Me, sure as my own mother knows me
If I leave you West Virginia, it don't matter where I roam
I don't know where I'm going, but I know I'm coming home.

They say home is where the heart is, and I guess that's true enough
But the heart's a stubborn muscle and there's no explaining love
I dream of higher mountains, and a cottage by the sea
But West Virginia won't let go of me.

Chorus

And a few of us are staying and it's not a point of choice
It's not we who do the choosing we are chosen by the place
And West Virginia Chose Me, sure as my own mother knows me
If I leave you West Virginia, it don't matter where I roam
I don't know where I'm going, but I know I'm coming home.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU GAVE ME A SONG (Alice Gerrard)
From: Janie
Date: 19 May 14 - 11:02 PM

From the same album as Hazel Dickens "West Virginia, Oh My Home" (and that is a great one for this expat West Virginian) is another, this one written by Alice Gerrard.

YOU GAVE ME A SONG

We used to be a family
In our little cabin home
Whose windows they are broken
And whose chimney's dark and cold
But jobs were hard to find back then
It wasn't easy to survive
So one by one we all left home
To change our way of life.


I got a job in a factory
On that old assembly line
Gonna climb on up the hill
And leave my past behind
But the only climbing that I did
Was five flights up the stairs
And the past I thought I'd left behind
Went with me everywhere.
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   Chorus:

Cause you gave me a song
Of a place that I call home
A song of then
A song of now
A song of yet to come
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So here we are my past and me
A-working in this bar
Sing a song of broken hills
And streams that once ran clear
Sing a song of you my friend
Lonely like me
The city's taken all we had
But sweet sad memories.

But someday I'll go home again
Lord, it's been a long hard road
I'm not sayin' that I'll stay
But I know now if I go
I'm gonna take you on with me
And what you gave when I was young
Others held me for a while
But you held me all along

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repeat Chorus


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 19 May 14 - 09:09 PM

Einmal werden froh wir sagen:
"Heimat, du bist wieder mein!"

-- Die Moorsoldaten


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 19 May 14 - 06:11 PM

It has had one mention earlier under another title but Payne and Bishop's 'Home, Sweet Home' has got to be one of the earliest of its type, from the early nineteenth century. Bishop's tune in particular is iconic.

Funnily enough the 18th century is chock full of sentimental twaddle, but I can't remember seeing much about homesickness, plenty of sickness evoked though.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: ranger1
Date: 08 Aug 12 - 09:01 PM

Dark Island
Caledonia
Scarborough Settler's Lament
Highland Widow's Lament - that last one kills me, she's lost everything, husband, house, and homeland.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Joybell
Date: 08 Aug 12 - 08:36 PM

Isle of Beauty Fare Thee Well
by Thomas Haynes Bayley


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 08 Aug 12 - 08:29 PM

It's a long way to Tipperary.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Bert
Date: 08 Aug 12 - 12:10 PM

The miner's dream of home.
Away out on the mountain.
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner.
The Ship John B.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,nathan
Date: 07 Aug 12 - 01:50 PM

my tenesse moutain home dolly parton


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Jun 11 - 08:30 PM

"The Idiot" by Stan Rogers.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,TomC
Date: 10 Jun 11 - 12:40 PM

I'm Going Home by Jon Chandler.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 10 Jun 11 - 10:51 AM

These may duplicate others; if so, sorry.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco
My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight
Take Me Back to Tulsa
Saginaw, Michigan
I'm On a Hill Overlooking El Cajon
(So far it consists of three lines inspired when I was driving home to San Diego, and actually was driving down through El Cajon...you've probably never heard it.)


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Elmore
Date: 10 Jun 11 - 10:26 AM

" I Wish I Were Back in Liverpool" by Stan Kelly, Sung by The Dubliners and others.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: kendall
Date: 09 Jun 11 - 07:22 PM

The Green rolling hills of West Virginia, Utah Phillips


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Amergin
Date: 09 Jun 11 - 06:10 PM

Gordon's Early Morning Rain....


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,Joe
Date: 09 Jun 11 - 06:04 PM

The Show Must Go On - Queen. not really about homesickness, but gives the sense that regardless of where you are, when you are, who you are, you grit your teeth and bear through it, because you will see home again, and that's all that truly counts...


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,Chef I. Etta
Date: 27 Sep 06 - 05:52 PM

When I here "There's No Place LIke Nome For The Hollandaize" I miss the cooking gig I had in Alaska.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,Chef I. Etta
Date: 27 Sep 06 - 05:50 PM


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 27 Sep 06 - 05:37 PM

"A song for Ireland"

maybe not intended as homesick song but works well for nostalgia's sake


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,IBO
Date: 27 Sep 06 - 05:29 PM

IS THAT THE HALIFAX BANK IN MIDDLESBROUGH? WHY I WAS THERE ONLY THIS MORNING


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 27 Sep 06 - 01:33 PM

And nobody's mentioned "Heading for Halifax"


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,ibo
Date: 27 Sep 06 - 01:27 PM

CHRIS REA,STEEL RIVER,FOR ALL YOU BORO LADS AND LASSES OUT THERE,


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: bobad
Date: 26 Sep 06 - 06:28 PM

In my mind Im goin to carolina
Cant you see the sunshine
Cant you just feel the moonshine
Maybe just like a friend of mine
It hit me from behind
Yes Im goin to carolina in my mind

James Taylor "Carolina In My Mind"


Going home, running home
Down to gasoline alley where I started from
Going home, and Im running home
Down to gasoline alley where I was born

Rod Stewart "Gasoline Alley"


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Scoville
Date: 26 Sep 06 - 05:26 PM

"Shackles & Chains"



"When the Sugar Cane's Tall" and "Parting Waltz".

At least, I think "Parting Waltz" is; my Cajun isn't so great and I can't understand most of it, but the melody sure sounds homesick.


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: GUEST,IBO
Date: 26 Sep 06 - 03:53 PM

CUMBERLAND GAP BY LONNIE DONEGAN MENTIONS 15 MILES FROM MIDDLESBROUGH


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Subject: Lyr Add: FOR THE SPECIAL FRIENDS
From: eddie1
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 04:00 AM

This is not strictly a song about homesickness but expresses the same sentiments. Written by the late Iain Mackintosh (see his Obit). In typical Iain fashion, he was surprised that I placed such value on it – he preferred "All The Good People" by Ken Hicks but I can think of a few, a very few, people in my life I would sing this one for

FOR THE SPECIAL FRIENDS
•        (Iain C. MacKintosh)
I tried to write a song about the things I've seen and done
And the places that I've been to on the way
But I'd need another year and I'd need another beer
To tell you all about those yesterdays
Chorus:
It's not the towns I've been to that make my life so fine
It's not the beer, the whisky, or the wine
The towns are just the places where I go to meet my friends
So this song's for the special friends of mine
For the friends who make me welcome when I come into their home
For home is where I lay my banjo down
Say, Hello Iain, glad you're here, have some wine or have some beer
Sit down, take off your shoes and stay around
We'll maybe sing a song or two, but just if that's the mood
We'll talk of other friends and days gone by
Of the happy times, the sad times, the bad times and the good
And before we say goodnight, the bottle's dry
I wake up in the morning with an idea for a song
So I put some lines together as I drive
About how good it was to see you when you opened up the door
And how difficult it is to say goodbye.

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 11:25 PM

Newborn breezes swell to take us
To our childhood's welcome skies,
To the glow of friendly faces
And the glance of loving eyes.
-- "Rolling Home" (to various places)

It's sugarin' time up country, though, an' memories like the sap
Rise up and set me longin' for Mother Nature's lap,
An him an' Jim -- the farm, the hens, the horses in the stall.
I wisht Josiah and me was back, a-workin' hard and all.
-- "In Sugarin' Time" by Helen Winslow, set to music by Margaret MacArthur of blessed memory


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: bfdk
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 05:01 PM

Aye, Festival Lights is a great song.

Nick Keir also wrote one called "Running Home" which is on the CD "Where the Sky Meets the Sea". So far, there aren't any lyrics for that song on the Macs homepage, though.

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: eddie1
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 03:53 PM

The McCalmans have a great song – "Festival Lights" written I think, by Nick Keir. I caught up with them in Wurzburg in Germany when I was living there and they sang it just for me – in August – while the Edinburgh Festival was in full flow – Sods!

Eddie


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Subject: Lyr Add: MISSISSIPPI, YOU'RE ON MY MIND
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 03:43 PM

Jesse Winchester wrote this, I believe, while living in Montreal as a conscientious objector to the Viet Nam war.

MISSISSIPPI, YOU'RE ON MY MIND

I think I see a wagon rutted road
With the weeds growing tall between the tracks
And along one side runs a rusty barbed wire fence
And beyond that sits an old tar paper shack

Mississippi you're on my mind
Mississippi you're on my mind
Oh, Mississippi you're on my mind

I think I hear a noisy old John Deere
In a field specked with dirty cotton lint
And below the field runs a little shady creek
And there you'll find the cool green leaves of mint

Mississippi you're on my mind
Mississippi you're on my mind
Oh, Mississippi you're on my mind

I think I smell the honeysuckle vine
The heavy sweetness like to make me sick
And the dogs, my God, they're hungry all the time
And the snakes are sleeping where the weeds are thick

Mississippi you're on my mind
Mississippi you're on my mind
Oh, Mississippi you're on my mind

I think I feel an angry oven heat
The Southern Sun just blazes in the sky
In the dusty weeds an old fat grasshopper jumps
I want to make it to that creek before I fry

Mississippi you're on my mind
Mississippi you're on my mind
Oh, Mississippi you're on my mind

©1974 Jesse Winchester From the LP "Learn To Love It"


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Subject: Lyr Add: LONDON HOMESICK BLUES
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 03:40 PM

LONDON HOMESICK BLUES
(Gary P. Nunn)


Well, when you're down on your luck,
and you ain't got a buck,
in London you're a goner.
Even London Bridge has fallen down,
and moved to Arizona,
now I know why.
And I'll substantiate the rumor
that the English sense of humor
is drier than the Texas sand.
You can put up your dukes,
and you can bet your boots,
that I'm leavin' just as fast as I can.

Chorus;
I wanna go home with the armadillo.
Good country music from Amarillo and Abilene.
The friendliest people and the prettiest women
you've ever seen.

Well it's cold over here, and I swear,
I wish they'd turn the heat on.
And where in the world is that English girl,
I promised I would meet on the third floor.
And of the whole damn lot, the only friend I got,
is a smoke and a cheap guitar.
My mind keeps roamin', my heart keeps longin'
to be home in a Texas bar.

Chorus

Well, I decided that, I'd get my cowboy hat
and go down to Marble Arch Station.
'Cause when a Texan fancies, he'll take his chances,
and chances will be takin, now that's for sure.
And them Limey eyes, they were eyein' a prize,
that some people call manly footwear.
And they said you're from down South,
and when you open your mouth,
you always seem to put your foot there.

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Scoville
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 03:08 PM

"West Virginia, My Home" by Hazel Dickens


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Subject: RE: Best Homesick Songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 03:07 PM

The Dorset dialect poem by William Barnes ~ Linden Lea.

If I hear that in May, when the chestnut candles are out, it can make me go into an instant decline.

LTS


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