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Thread #3379   Message #1221668
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Jul-04 - 04:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: Off to Philadelphia
Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Off to Philadelphia in the morning
Joe Offer posted "I'm Off For California" in thread 69038. California

'Off' in the sense of 'to' is still common in speech in the United States. The difference is not meaningful with regard to 19th c. songs. The usage is given in Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as 1b under 'for' (to indicate an intended goal).