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Lyr Req: I'm Going Away (Elizabeth Cotten)

23 Feb 05 - 09:34 AM (#1418617)
Subject: Lyr Req: Elizabeth Cotten Lyric?
From: themutineer

Good morning,

I have been blown away recently by a Cotten composition
called "I'm going Away." Does anyone have lyrics to this
little gem? Thanks a lot in advance.

Stuart


23 Feb 05 - 10:10 AM (#1418641)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Elizabeth Cotten Lyric?
From: GUEST,Uncle DaveO

Can you give any more details of the "line" of the song?

Dave Oesterreich


23 Feb 05 - 04:40 PM (#1418855)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Elizabeth Cotten Lyric?
From: themutineer

Sure, the chorus is something like:

You stole all my money
You called me your honey
and now you think that's funny
that's why i'm going away


24 Feb 05 - 01:55 AM (#1419281)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Elizabeth Cotten Lyric?
From: iamjohnne


27 Feb 05 - 06:18 PM (#1422350)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Elizabeth Cotten Lyric?
From: Jim Dixon

Elizabeth Cotten's I'M GOING AWAY appears on "Shake Sugaree," Smithsonian Folkways CD #40147, 2004. I transcribed this from a sound sample:

...then I'm goin' to stay.
You spends all o' my money. You got no time for me.
Yes, I'm goin' away, honey, then I'm goin' to stay.
Baby, you goin' to miss me. That's when I go away.

You called me your honey.
You spends all o' my money;
Then you think that's funny.
That's why I'm going away.


27 Feb 05 - 11:46 PM (#1422607)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Elizabeth Cotten Lyric?
From: Peace

I'm Going Away
(Elizabeth Cotton / arr. Micky Moody)
Performed by Young & Moody
Produced by Roger Glover
Line-up: Bob Young (V, Harm.), Micky Moody (G, BVoc), Graham Preskett(Violin, K, B), Terry Stannard (D), Clare Torry, Key Carner, Jean Hawker, Ed Hamilton (all BVoc)
This recording appeared on the "Young & Moody" album by Young & Moody.

Album:
Young & Moody [3:44]
UK: Magnet MAG 5015, 1977
D: Repertoire Records REP 4633-WY, 1996 (CD-Release)


Don't know if this will help.


09 Sep 07 - 11:53 PM (#2145096)
Subject: Lyr Add: I'M GOING AWAY (Elizabeth Cotten)
From: GUEST,DJ Melton

I found a copy that I made for a paper I was working on for a college class.   You may approach Stormking Music to see if they have sheet music still available for this. I think I found the song originally in a book of women's folk music in the downtown library in Austin, TX. In singing, I often change the first line of the third verse to "Never gonna be no blue sky, 'sgonna always be gray", even though that changes the rhyme scheme from AAAB to ABBA. It just comes out of my mouth that way -- I guess that's how a composed song becomes a folk song! I don't actually know if Libba Cotten composed this from scratch, or if it is her version of a folk song. I love the jaunty tune.

The recording which served as the source for this song is Shake Sugaree, Elizabeth Cotten, Vol. 2 LP, Folkways FTA 31003 (83).

1. I'm going away, baby, and I'm going to stay,
You spends all my money. You got no time for me.
I'm going away honey, and I'm going to stay.
Baby you're going to miss me.
That's when I go away.

Chorus:
You calls me your honey,
You spends all my money.
Then you think that's funny?
That's why I'm going away.

2. You know you were't true, baby, I believed in you,
I am broken-hearted, just over the way you do.
You said you loved me, honey, no other one but me,
You never gave me no lovin' -- that's why I'm going away.

(Chorus)

3. Never gonna be no sunshine, 'Sgonna always be rain,
Honey, you're gonna want me to come back again,
Never gonna be no sunshine, s'gonna always be rain,
You never gave me no lovin' -- that's why I'm going away.

(Chorus)


That's why I'm goin' away.

(Chorus again)


03 Feb 08 - 05:13 PM (#2252678)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Going Away (Elizabeth Cotten)
From: GUEST,Guest: Jonas Jarnestrom

Thats great!
This is the only place on the net where this lyrics could be found.
Wonderful!


06 Jan 09 - 09:59 PM (#2533676)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Going Away (Elizabeth Cotten)
From: GUEST

do you know the chords to this great song?


14 Dec 11 - 11:31 PM (#3274013)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm Going Away (Elizabeth Cotten)
From: GUEST,SLOOPJOHNB

chords
VERSE=G-G7-C-E7-F7-F7-C-D7-G
1. (G)I'm going(G7) away(C), baby, (E7)and I'm going to stay(F7),
You spends all my money(C). You got(D7) no time for me.(G)
I'm (G7)going away(C) honey, (E7)and I'm going to stay(F7).
Baby you're going to miss(C) me.
1-1-2-3(ON THE LOW E)
(C)That's when (F7)I go away(C).

Chorus:
F7You calls me your(C) honey,
(f7)You spends all my(C) money.
(F7)Then you think that's (C)funny?
1-1-2-3(ON THE LOW E)
(C)That's why (F7)I'm going away(C).

you'll have to fgure out all the variations by yourself, and she plays a step down. but there is a basic version.