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Thread #97813   Message #1931014
Posted By: Richie
08-Jan-07 - 10:45 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Alabama Bound & Don't You Leave Me Here
Subject: RE: origin and lyr: Alabama Bound
Alabama Bound verse from Lomax:

Ef dey don't nab me 'for de sun goes down,
I swear to my Almighty God
I'm Alabama bound.
I'm Alabama bound.
Great Godalmighty babe,
Don'tcha leave me here.

The sentiment of the Alabama Bound song lyrics seem to come from the Minstrel stage. One possible source is "I Hab Leff Alabama" by Marshall S. Pike published in 1849:

Alabama agen, Alabama agen
And if I ever lib 'till the sunrise tomorrow,
I's a-goin' back to Alabama agen.

Not many changes are needed to make it a version of Alabama Bound:

(Alabama bound, Alabama bound,
And if I ever lib 'till the sunrise tomorrow
I's Alabama bound)