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Lyr Req: Goin' Down to Cairo

open mike 06 Jun 02 - 12:27 PM
Mary in Kentucky 06 Jun 02 - 12:34 PM
Mary in Kentucky 06 Jun 02 - 12:37 PM
open mike 06 Jun 02 - 01:06 PM
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Dicho (Frank Staplin) 06 Jun 02 - 02:08 PM
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Subject: goin' down to cairo
From: open mike
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 12:27 PM

I saw a requewt for these lyrics on an old timey music list I'm on--I do not see any thing under 'goin" or cairo in the dig trad data base--any one out there have this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 12:34 PM

Do you mean Rolling to Cairo Town? here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 12:37 PM

Course, around here we pronounce it Kay-row...kinda like Ver-sales also.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: open mike
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 01:06 PM

THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT MUST BE THE ONE-- I'LL PASS IT ON TO THE OLD TIME MUSIC GROUP ON YAHOO. THANKS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 01:07 PM

From dim memory-- can hear the tune but the words are fuzzy--- if this is it, tho, I know where you can go ask for it...

Goin' down to Cairo, good bye, good bye,
Goin' down to Cairo, well goodbye Liza Jane.

Black them boots and make 'em shine, and a good bye, and good bye,
Black them boots and make 'em shine, goodbye Liza Jane.

Its tune is like a short, simple fiddle tune, an A part and a B part. Maybe together they constitute the chorus. I believe there is a short C part which gives details of the going and so forth, and that would be the verse.

Close?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 01:41 PM

Here's more info here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 01:59 PM

Yup! That's the one I know! I was to suggest asking Phil!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 02:08 PM

Mary and open Mike, I thought finding lyrics to this old fiddle tune would be easy- 'Tain't in the usual books.
The best is in the link Mary found- thread 2777, post by Ferrara, 20 Sept. 97.
Another fragment from an article on Little Egypt:
Goin' down to Cairo, goodbye, magpie
Goin' down to Cairo, goodbye, Liza Jane.
Most of the Liza Jane verses would work and also see "Goin' Down to Town" in Carl Sandburg, The American Songbag, p. 145.
Rolling to Cairo Town looks like a modern remake of an old loading song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: goin' down to cairo
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 05:53 PM

There's a similar-titled song by Stephen Foster: Way Down in Ca-i-ro (sheet music of 1850; Note the spelling). Lyrics & MIDI are HERE and many other sites.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goin' Down to Cairo
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 09:51 PM

Many photographs of boarded up Cairo. Depressing and fascinating.

A bit too far off the beaten track for development as a tourist site.

http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=39039

Galena, Illinois, another old town, to the north along the river system, has fared better.


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Subject: ADD: Way Down in Ca-i-ro (Stephen Foster)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 10:09 PM

An early song by Stephen Collins Foster, composed in 1850 for the Empire Minstrels (link by masato to pdmusic.org, above).

WAY DOWN IN CA-I-RO
(Stephen Collins Foster)

1
Oh, ladies, don't you blush, when I come to play,
I only mean to please you all and then I's guine away.
Chorus-
I hear my true-lub weep, I hear my true-lub sigh,
'Way down in Ca-i-ro dis nigga's guine to die.
2
Sometimes de nigga's life is sad, sometimes his life is gay,
When de work don't come too hard he's singin' all de day.
3
Now we libs on de fat ob de land, now we libs on de lean,
When we hab no cake to bake we sweep de kitchen clean.
4
Massa bought a bran new coat and hung it on de wall,
Dis nigga's guine to take dat coat, and wear it to de ball.
5
All de ladies in de land, and all de gemmen too,
Am guine to hear de darkey band an' see what dey can do.

From sheet music, 1859, published by Firth, Pond & Co., N.Y. With midi and mp3

http://www.stephen-foster-songs.de/foster036.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goin' Down to Cairo
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 05:11 PM

First time I saw this thread. Nice to know folks heard our version on the recording mentioned above. We learned our version from Doug and Bonnie Miller. I also know that Mark Dvorak recorded a version.


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