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Subject: Mockingbird in the lilac bush
From: GUEST,kms0333@aol.com
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 11:30 PM

Need the lyrics to a song about a mockingbird in the lilac bush. Song from the 1940's.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M GOIN' BACK TO WHUR I COME FROM
From: ddw
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 11:48 PM

Hi KSM,

The only one I know with that line is one done by the Kingston Trio called, I think, "I'm Going Back.:

The lyrics that I can remember are:

I'm going back to where I come from
Where the mockingbird is singing in the lilac bush.
I used to go down to the station
Every evening just to watch that Pullman train come rollin' in
And then one night that great temptation
Got the best of me and led me to a life of sin.
I took my hat and fourteen dollars
And I headed for the city and the life that always follows
When you're rich and huntin' romance
Well my huntin' days were over, I can tell you that.
I met a gal in Kansas City
She winked at me and asked me if I'd like to step around
And I said "Yup, That's what I'm here fer
So she said she'd take me to the hottest spots in town
But there were things she'd have to fix up
So she took my fourteen dollars
But there must have been a mixup
Cause she's been gone since Thursday evening
And I've got a hunch I'll never see that gal no more
When I grow up and have a grandson
Well I'll tell him 'bout my romance and then watch his eyes bug out
But chances are he'll never listen
And he'll do the same durned thing when he grows up, no doubt
But he can't say I didn't warn him
What would happen when he meets up with them city girls, gol-durn 'em.
I'm going back to where I come from
Where the mockingbird is singing in the lilac bush.

Hope that helps,

cheers

david


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird in the lilac bush
From: ddw
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 12:13 AM

Actually, my failing memory dropped a few lines, but if you want the full version ? complete with the author ? just do a DigiTrad search for "lilac bush" and it comes up.

cheers

david

By the way, here at Mudcat we don't usually send requested lyrics to personal e-mails unless it's a special case. If we did, people wouldn't know when something is answered. And besides, a lot of other people might like the lyrics too.

Welcome to the 'Cat. It's a great place to be....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mockingbird in the lilac bush
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:33 PM

Kendall Morse did a dandy version of this gem on his first Folk-Legacy recording - Lights Along the Shore (C-57). The song sounds really great with a subtle Maine accent, too. It's available, with a booklet of headnotes and song texts, as a custom cassette.

Sandy


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M GOIN' BACK TO WHUR I COME FROM
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Dec 10 - 09:34 PM

Here's my transcription from the recording at YouTube:

I'M GOIN' BACK TO WHUR I COME FROM
Written by Carson Robison
Recorded by Carson Robison on Bluebird 30-0808, 1942.
New York: Bob Miller, ©1942.

1. I'm goin' back to whur I come from,
Whur the honeysuckle smells so sweet it durn near makes ya sick.
I used to think my life was humdrum,
But I shore have learned a lesson that is bound to stick.
There ain't no use of me pretendin'.
The city shore ain't no place fer a guy like me to end in.
Goin' back to whur I come from,
Whur the mockin' bird is singin' in the lilac bush.

2. I used to go down to the station
Ev'ry evenin' just to watch the Pullman train come rollin' in,
An' then one night that great temptation
Got the best of me an' drove me to a life of sin.
I took my hat an' fourteen dollars
An' I went through all the troubles of this life that always follers
When you're rich an' huntin' romance,
But my huntin' days are over, I can tell you that.

3. I met a man in Kansas City
An' he winked at me an' asked me if I'd like to step around,
An' I said, "Yep, that's what I'm here fer,"
An' he said he'd take me to the hottest spots in town.
He mentioned things he'd have to fix up,
So he took my fourteen dollars but there must 'a' been a mix-up.
He's been gone since Thursday evenin',
An' I've got a hunch I'll never see that guy no more.

4. When I get old an' have a grandson,
I can tell him 'bout my romance an' then watch his eyes bug out.
The chances are he won't believe me,
So he'll do the same durn thing when he's growed up, no doubt,
But he can't say I didn't warn him.
What will happen if he meets up with that city guy? Gol-darn him!
Goin' back to whur I come from,
Whur the mockin' bird is singin' in the lilac bush.

[There is another YouTube recording of Virginia O'Brien.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Goin' Back to Whur I Come From
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Dec 10 - 11:42 PM

The Carson Robison version is also available on CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Goin' Back to Whur I Come From
From: LadyJean
Date: 15 Dec 10 - 12:33 AM

My mom used to sing that. I'm pleased to know where it came from.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Goin' Back to Whur I Come From
From: GUEST,999
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 05:43 PM

Dance instructions here and song lyrics, also. Mostly the same as Jim's.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Goin' Back to Whur I Come From
From: GUEST,999
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 05:44 PM

The following site looks like a great resource.

http://www.ceder.net/recorddb/lyrics_viewsingle.php4?LyricsId=2531


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Goin' Back to Whur I Come From
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 05:38 PM

Cathy Fink made a nice recording of this song on her Rounder album, The Leading Role. I have it on vinyl, don't know if it's on CD.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'm Going Back to Where I Come From
From: Genie
Date: 16 Jun 12 - 06:39 PM

Glen Yarborough did a great version of this song when he was with The Limeliters too.

He sang it this way:

1. I'm goin' back to where I come from,
Where the honeysuckle smells so sweet it darn near makes ya sick.
I used to think my life was humdrum,
But I fin'lly learned a lesson that is bound to stick.
There ain't no use of my pretendin' -
The city sure ain't no place fer a guy like me to end in.
Goin' back to where I come from,
Where the mockin' bird is singin' in the lilac bush.

2. I used to go down to the station
Ev'ry evenin' just to watch that Pullman train come rollin' in,
And then one night that great temptation
Got the best of me and drove me to a life of sin.
I took my hat and fourteen dollars
And I went through all the trouble of that life that always follers
When you're rich an' huntin' romance,
But my huntin' days are over - I can tell you that

3. I met a gal in Kansas City.
She winked at me and asked me if I'd like to step around,
And I said, "Yep, that's what I'm here for,"
So she said she'd take me to the hottest spots in town,
But there were things she'd have to fix up,
So she took my fourteen dollars but there must've been a mix-up.
She's been gone since Thursday evenin',
An' I've got a hunch I'll never see that gal no more.

4. When I grow up and have a grandson,
I'll tell him 'bout my romance an' I'll watch his eyes bug out.
The chances are he won't believe me,
So he'll do the same darn thing when he grows up, no doubt,
But he can't say I didn't warn him
What will happen if he meets up with that city gal, gol-darn him!
Goin' back to where I come from,
Where the mockin' bird is singin' in the lilac bush.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Goin' Back to Whur I Come From
From: Cool Beans
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 11:21 AM

The late Downeast Bob (Bob Baldwin) sings this as a guest artist on my 2003 CD "Drawerful of Fives."
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/martykohn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Goin' Back to Whur I Come From
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 01:22 PM

Glen Yarborough is underrated; he was an excellent interpreter of song. Thanks for reminding me of him.


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