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Lyr Req/Add: Susan Jane (Will. S. Hayes)

GUEST,atreveth@ columbus.rr.com 16 Feb 00 - 09:55 AM
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Subject: Susan Jane
From: GUEST,atreveth@ columbus.rr.com
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 09:55 AM

I am looking for the complete words to a song that begins

Oh I went to see my Susan She met me at the gate

it also ends, "Goodby Susan Jane"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Susan Jane
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 10:21 AM

A group in northern Illinois did one called GOING DOWN TO CAIRO that I'm looking for in the Mudcat databases for you, but I am not the best searcher and don't recall enough words to be sure I will find it. It was goodbye Liza Jane, in that one.

There are a bunch of Liza Jane songs discussed in the following, and you might want to look at this to see if it is anything like your song:

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2777#18861

In case you aren't a frequent visitor here, I am sending you a long note to your personal e-mail.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Susan Jane
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 10:28 AM

Here's the Cairo one I know.

from: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2777#12669

Subject: RE: Goodbye Liza Jane From: Ferrara Date: 10-Sep-97 - 11:46 AM

Any chance that you could be looking for the song with this chorus:

Goin' down to Cairo, goodbye, goodbye, Goin' down to Cairo, goodbye Liza Jane. Black them boots and make 'em shine, goodbye,goodbye. Black them boots and make 'em shine, goodbye Liza Jane.

It's on the "Two by Four" album by Phil Cooper and Margaret Nelson. I don't know the fiddle tune, can't say if it's the same song. If you think it might be, I'll type it in. I'd have to look up my (handwritten) transcription, there are lots of verses.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Susan Jane
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 10:33 AM

PS, be sure to see that whole thread for many more verses and versions....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Susan Jane
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 08:25 PM

The following is from our GUEST, who I e-mailed to invite back to the 'Cat to see what's come in. --Praise

"I remember my uncle singing these lines to us, trying to occupy us on a trip. The song or poem (?) I am looking for contains the following lines:

Oh, I went to see my Susan,

She met me at the door(gate)..

Now Susan quit your foolin

and give your love to me

--or give me back my 50 cents

and I will let you be. ..

Her face was like a frying pan,

her nose was long and thin.

Now good by Susan Jane---

I tried to follow what you sent me and looked up Bradley Kincaid... No luck! Cecil Sharp..zero. Jean Thomas' book "Devils Ditty's... nada.

Where else can I look? I stumbled on Mudcat, and was a first time visitor. Thanks for replying."


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOODBYE SUSAN JANE
From: raredance
Date: 19 Feb 00 - 11:11 PM

The following version of "Liza Jane" is from VAnce Randolf's Songs of the Ozarks. He obtained it from Mrs. Joseph Pointer, of Cabool, MO. She called it "Goodbye Susan Jane". It doesn't match exactly but it seems to be getting closer. She meets him at the door and there is a verse denigrating her physical attributes, and the name matches.

GOODBYE SUSAN JANE

I went to see my Susan Jane, she met me at the door,
She told me that I needn't come to see her any more;
She'd fell in love with Rufus Andrew Jackson Paine,
I looked her in the face and said goodbye Susan Jane.

Oh Susan quit your foolin', and give my love to me,
Oh give me back my heart again, and I will let you be,
I once did love you dearly, I cannot love again,
I'm going away to leave you now, so goodbye Susan Jane.

Her mouth was like a cellar, her foot was like a ham
Her eyes were like and owl's at night, her voice was never calm,
Her hair was long and curly, she looked just like a crane,
I bid goodbye to all my love, so goodby Susan Jane.

Oh Susan, so deceiving, she'll never do to trust,
I threatened once to leave her, and leave her now I must
I never will trust another, to cause me any pain,
I trusted her, and all the girls are just like Susan Jane.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Susan Jane
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Feb 00 - 12:14 AM

Thanks Rich R!

I sent the requestor an e-mail inviting a return visit, so if anyone has any more to add I know she will appreciate it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SUSAN JANE (Will. S. Hayes)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Aug 07 - 12:53 PM

Lyr. Add: SUSAN JANE
Words and music Will. S. Hayes

1.
I went to see my Susan,
She met me at the door,
And told me that I needn't come
To see her any more;
She fell in love with Rufus
Andrew Jackson Payne,
I looked her in the face and said,
"Goodbye, Susan Jane."

2.
Her mouth was like a cellar,
Her foot was like a ham,
Her eyes were like an owl's at night,
Her voice was never calm;
Her hair was long and curly,
She looked just like a crane,
I've bid farewell to all my love,
"Goodbye, Susan Jane."

3.
Oh, Susan's so deceiving,
She will not do to trust;
I've threatened once to leave her,
And leave her now I must;
I'll never love another,
To cause me any pain;
I've trusted her, and all the girls
Are just like Susan Jane.

Chorus.
Oh! Susan Jane! Oh! Susan Jane!
Oh! Susan, quit your foolin',
And give my heart to me,
Oh, give me back my love again,
And I will let you be;
I used to love you dearly,
I cannot love again;
I'm going away to leave you soon,
Goodbye, Susan Jane.

Copyright 1871, by J. L. Peters.
Printed with full musical score, soprano, tenor and bass, "A famous 'End Song' and chorus," pp. 138-140.
"Minstrel Songs, Old and New." A Collection of World-wide, Famous Minstrel and Plantation Songs,..., arr. with Piano-forte Accompaniment.
Oliver Ditson & Co., Boston, copyright 1882, 216 pp.


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