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Thread #97813   Message #1929149
Posted By: Richie
07-Jan-07 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Alabama Bound & Don't You Leave Me Here
Subject: Lyr Add: ALABAMA BOUND (Papa Charlie Jackson)
ALABAMA BOUND- Papa Charlie Jackson

Says the preacher in the pulpit,
Bible in his hand.
Sister's way back in the Amen corner
Hollerin' that's my man.

CHORUS: Alabama bound, Alabama bound,
If you want me to love you babe
Got to leave this town.

Now the boats up the river,
And it's rollin' down.
If you need to go South darlin' babe,
Alabama bound.

Elder Green's in town
And he turned around,
And he tell all the brothers and sisters he meets,
I'm Alabama Bound.

Don't you leave this town,
Don't you leave this town,
Jest before you and your partner get ready to go,
Leave a dime for beer.

Anyone have lyrics to: Elder Green's in Town? It's fairly obscure.

Here's a bit of my info: "In Texas W.H. Thomas of College Station included "Don't You Leave me Here" in some current folk songs which he presented as a paper in 1912 to the Texas Folk Lore Society."

"Some years later Gates Thomas published his own, fuller version that included Alabama Boun' with Elder Green verses, which he dated at 1908."

It's unlikely that Jelly Roll Morton made the song up himself in 1905 as he claimed. He probably knew it then and arranged it from folk sources.