BEEN ALL AROUND THIS WORLD

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 BEEN ALL AROUND THIS WORLD
  • “I Been All Around This World” is part of a fine body of old tunes written along the same
    theme. This one is a partisan song of Kentucky. The ‘Hang Me’ verse is thought to derive
    from “My Father Was A Gambler”, a US ballad, which is thought to be about a murderer
    who was hanged in 1870. The chorus given in Ozark Folksongs from a 1929 field
    recording is:
    Hang me, oh hang me, an’ I’ll be dead an’ gone
    Hang me, oh hang me, an’ I’ll be dead an’ gone
    I wouldn’t mind the hangin’, but to lay in my grave so long
    To lay in my grave so long
    Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    A rifle on my shoulder, six shooter in my hand;
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.
    Lulu, my Lulu come and open the door.
    Lulu, my Lulu come and open the door.
    Before I have to walk in with my old ‘forty-four’.
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.
    Mama and Papa, little sister makes three.
    Mama and Papa, little sister makes three.
    They’re comin’ in the mornin’ ; that’s the last you’ll see of me.
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.
    Hang me, oh, hang me, so I’ll be dead and gone.
    Hang me, oh, hang me, so I’ll be dead and gone.
    I wouldn’t mind your hangin’, boys but you wait in jail so long.
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.
    Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    A rifle on my shoulder, six shooter in my hand;
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.