I'm Goin' Back To Whur I Come From    (1944)

I'm goin' back to where I come from,
Where the honeysuckle smells so sweet it durn near makes you sick
I used to think my life was hum-drum
But I sure have learned a lesson that is bound to stick
There ain't no use of me pretendin'
The city just ain't no place for a guy like me to end in
Goin' back to where I come from
Where the mockingbird is singin' in the lilac bush

I used to go down to the station
Every evenin' just to watch the Pullman train come rollin' in
And then one night, that great temptation
Got too great, so I just up and left my kith and kin
I took my hat and fourteen dollars
And I went through all the troubles of the plight that always follows
When you're rich and huntin' romance
But my huntin' days are over, I can tell you that

I met a man in Kansas City
An' he winked and asked me if I'd like to step around
I said "Why, yes, why sure, that's what I'm here for, betcha life"
So 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 have been a mix up
He's been gone since Monday evenin'
And I've gotta hunch I'll never see that guy no more

I'm goin' back to where I come from
Where the mockingbird is singin' in the lilac bush

When I get old and have a grandson,
I'll tell him 'bout my romance, and you watch his eyes pop out.
But 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 when he meets up with that city guy, gol darn him.
I'm goin' back to where I come from
Where the mockingbird is singin' in the lilac bush.

Lyrics by Carson J. Robison.
Recorded by Carson Robison; Spike Jones & His City Slickers; June Carter; others.

 

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