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Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window

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Subject: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: GUEST,Balladeer
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:07 AM

Can't find this in the database. Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: GUEST,adrienne
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:34 AM

Look under "It Ain't Me, Babe". It's there.


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: balladeer
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:42 AM

Thanks, Adrienne, but I'm not looking for It Ain't Me Babe. I'm looking for Go Way From My Window, as in, Go 'way from my window, go 'way from my door, go 'way,'way from my bedside and bother me no more, and bother me no more....


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: Justa Picker
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:46 AM

Is this it?


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Subject: Lyr Add: GO 'WAY FROM MY WINDOW
From: Joe_F
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:46 AM

That line indeed appears in Mr Dylan's song, but he took it from a much older song (I am quoting from memory; I think I learned it off one of Richard Dyer-Bennett's records about 1952):

GO 'WAY FROM MY WINDOW

Go 'way from my window,
Go 'way from my door,
Go 'way, 'way, 'way from my bedside,
And bother me no more,
And bother me no more.

I'll give you back your presents,
I'll give you back your ring,
But I'll ne'er forget my own true love
As long as songbirds sing,....

I'll go tell all my brothers,
Tell all my sisters too,
That the reasons that my heart is broke
Is all because of you,....

Go 'way from my window,....

I have also heard Marlene Dietrich sing it. I don't know where it comes from.


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: GUEST,adrienne
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:47 AM

oops, sorry!


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:50 AM

go away from my window, leave at your own chosen speed 'I'm not the one you wanted ,I'm not the one you need.


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 11:24 AM

There's a "Go from My Window" that "appears in Queen Eliazabeth's Virginal Book," according to "The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs:"
Go from my window, my love, my love,
Go from my window, my dear:
For the wind is in the west,
And the cuckoo in his nest,
And you can't have a lodging here.


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: balladeer
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 11:35 AM

Thanks, all. The Niles-Dyer-Belafonte one is the one I was looking for, (but I love Go From My Window as well). Turns out I know all the words. I had hoped there were more. Be well.


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 02:27 PM

Joe F's text is closer to the one Niles gave us than that sung by Belafonte which can be found via the blue clicky thing above. The only difference I can remember is that Niles sang (in the second verse) "I gave you back your letters" rather than "presents." Of course I could be wrong!

Sandy


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 02:32 PM

Credited to John Jacob Niles. Recorded by many.


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 02:40 PM

Niles said he got the idea from a Negro ditch-digger named Objerall Jacket. "He repeatedly sang "Go 'way from my window, go 'way from my door." The song evolved from that. First sung in 1930.
Nile's statement suggests that there may have been an antecedent. He heard the lines in 1908.
www.johnjacobniles.com.
This song is (was) so popular that there may be comments in the Digitrad Forum


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: masato sakurai
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 09:06 PM

It's on John Jacob Niles Sings Folk Songs (Folkways FA 2373)[LP], with this comment:

"I wrote this song, text and tune, in 1908, when I was 16 years of age. It was a love offering to a local girl. She rejected the song and the composer. The idea came from one line, sung over and over again by a ditch-digger employed by my father around the turn of the century."

~Masato


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Subject: RE: lyric required - Go 'Way From My Window
From: jacko@nz
Date: 09 Dec 01 - 05:50 PM

Very powerful, moving version by Jeannie Robertson

Go away from my window
Don't bother me
Go away from my window
Don't enter in

I sent you back your letter
I sent you back your ring
Go away from my window
Don't enter in

I'll tell my brothers
I'll tell him of my sins
Go away from my window
Don't enter in

Jack


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 10:29 AM

By now I have the LP again. It was Tom Glazer who sang it, not Richard Dyer-Bennett (who is on the flip side). My only inaccuracy was in remembering "the reason why" as "the reason that" (my mother hated that triple pleonasm, but I can live with it).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 10:43 AM

I have more trouble linguistically with "why my heart is broke"!

I used to sing this when I was a kid, and had bought the sheet music after hearing a visiting African-American mezzo-soprano sing it as the encore in a classical concert. I'm not sure where the music migrated to, but memory throws up another verse:

Go on your way, be happy
Go on your way and rest
Remember that you were the one
I really did love best

I also remember it as "give you back your letters".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 12:47 PM

Go From My Window is an old ballad, 2-3 versions in thread 30405.
Cuckold - Go From My Window

Jim Dixon posted a version, "The Cuckold Sailor," from Peter Buchan, Ancient Ballads and Songs of the North of Scotland, Volume 2, in that thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 08:45 PM

Joe F

I am with your mother on that

Too many pleonasms and tautologies !

Allen In Australia


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 22 Jul 12 - 01:23 PM

Or - from Vaughan Williams Memorian Library album "And thet's my story...."
Jim Carroll

A5 GO FROM MY WINDOW
Francie Kennelly Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland

There was this man and he had no land, you know, and away back that time, landless men and labourers, there was now, very little work; they used be very badly off. This feller ... man, was married and he had five or six children, but he used cut a lot of turf and bog deal and he'd be selling them with an ass and baskets, d'you see. You know what bog deal is now? It was the roots of the deal tree that stayed in the ground, maybe thousands of years ago. 'Tis hard to cut it but 'tis terrible firing.
Well, he had an ass and baskets, like, and what he'd get for dealing, an ass and baskets and two baskets was called a load, like; he'd go intae town, he'd get seven or eight old pence, like, for the two, for the load of turf or bog deal; he might get a little more for bog deal. But, you know, at that time bread was only tuppence a loaf and all that, but he was managing away anyway, he was managing away; he was keepin' the wolf from the door, says the person. But, you know, there was times then, d'you see, he'd sell this turf in Miltown and Lahinch now, and places, and Ennistymon, d'you see, he was midway between the three of them, like, he'd sell it in them towns. But there was a lot in the same racket as himself, d'you see, and there was times when 'twould get very hard to sell it; there'd be everyone trying to make a few shillings and 'twas very hard to sell it. But times like that, d'you see, he'd have to borrow a neighbour's mule and he'd have to go to Ennis. He'd bring a good load of turf to Ennis, you know, he might bring twenty bags of turf and sell it. He might get thruppence or fourpence a bag in Ennis for 'tis limestone country, you know; turf d be scarcer there than 'twould be in this side of the country, d'you see.
But when he'd be gone, d'you see, there was a man living down the road that he used borrow the mule from, d'you see. He was a bachelor and he was what's known in West Clare as a rake. You see, they might have a better name for him now with sex being taught in the schools and priests off of the altar; they might call him a sex ...sex maniac or something like that. But he would be known in West Clare as a rake, anyway. But he used to come up and all round to the feller's wife when he'd be gone, d'you see. He'd know when he'd borrow the mule that he'd be gone to Ennis, d'you see, with turf and he'd come up and look after the wife that night, d'you see.
But this night, anyway, the man had brought the mule the evening before, and car, and he filled a good load of turf anyway. He started off for Ennis but the sky opened with rain. He was gone about two or three miles anyway and 'course there was no overcoats at the time or no nothing like that; he was drowned to the skin. By God, sooner than lose his health entirely, he said he'd turn back. But he did anyway. But the rake hadn't ...the man I'm talking about hadn't arrived anyway. But he went intae bed, anyway, along with the wife, anyway; took off the old, wet clothes and threw them on the fire, threw them on the fire and he went intae bed.
But he was no length in the bed anyway, when the knock came to the window (knocks table). Of course, the wife was in terrible hot water, she was expecting this man. Well, someone belonging to her must be a poet anyway, but she had nothing to do and she had to think and think quick. The knock came to the window, anyway, (knocks table) like that, and she took up her child out of the cradle, that was about ten or eleven months, and you know yourself, when you take up a child, they cry. And she had to start... she started singing for the child. She had to make up this quick now; as I said before, someone belonging to her must be a poet.

(Sung:)
"The wind and the rain brought your daddy home again,
Go away from the window, you big bogey-man."

'Course, the whole time the husband thought 'twas for the child she was singing. But the knock came to the window again (knocks table) and she sung it again:
(Sung:)

"The wind and the rain brought your daddy home again
Go away from the window, you big bogey-man."

And the child crying the whole time. But that way himself, the man outside didn't ... he didn't catch on, he didn't catch on. He was knocking again (knocks table) and she had to put a few more lines to it; quick she had to do it and do it quick.

(Sung:)
"The wind and the rain brought your daddy home again
Go away from the window, you big bogey-man.
For you are a thundering fool, go round and see your mule,
Go away from the window, you big bogey-man."

He went around and he saw the mule and he knew well there was something wrong, that the man had turned. He went home anyway. But the following night was a grand fine night and he had no trouble at all when he came up.

Recorded by Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie, 1987 (Tale type 1419H)
This story dates back at least to the 14th century when it was included in Boccaccio's 'Decameron'. Harry Adams' version was learned from a local entertainer who had a large repertoire of stories and recitations, while Francie Kennelly's comes from a neighbour. Mr. Adams' lack of a rhyme in the fourth line of the second verse suggests that bowdlerisation has taken place at some time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 Jul 12 - 10:07 PM

Allen: Actually, I am much more tolerant of "the reason why" than of following it up with "because".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Go 'Way from My Window
From: GUEST,Cat
Date: 18 Aug 15 - 05:26 PM

My grandmother taught this song to me. If I close my eyes, I can still hear her sweet Irish brogue singing it to me. She was born and raised in Ballypooreen, Ireland. Her year of birth was 1896. Her year of death was 1988. Thanks for the memory and validation that it does exist as an Irish story told in song. She gave me the same explanation.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GO 'WAY FROM MY WINDOW (John Jacob Niles)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Aug 15 - 11:18 PM

GO 'WAY FROM MY WINDOW
As sung by John Jacob Niles on "John Jacob Niles Sings Folk Songs" (1964).

Go 'way from my window; go 'way from my do'.
Go 'way, 'way, 'way from my bedside and bother me no mo',
And bother me no mo'.

I'll give you back your letters; I'll give you back your ring,
But I'll ne'er forget my own true love as long as songbirds sing,
As long as songbirds sing.

I'll go tell all my brothers, tell all my sisters too,
That the reason why my heart is broke is on account of you,
Is on account of you.

Go on your way; be happy; go on your way and rest.
Remember, dear, that you're the one I really did love best,
I really did love best.

Go 'way from my window; go 'way from my do'.
Go 'way, 'way, 'way from my bedside and bother me no mo',
And bother me no mo'.


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