I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING

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I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING

“I Know Where I’m Going” is a traditional Scottish or Irish ballad about a woman pining
for her “bonnie” lover Johnny. It was recorded by Burl Ives on 31 March 1941 for his
debut album Okeh Presents the Wayfaring Stranger”. It has also been recorded by
Odetta, The Weavers, The Clancy Brothers, Judy Collins, Barbara Dane, The
Highwaymen, and Harry Belafonte.
I know where I’m going
I know who’s going with me
I know who I love
And my dear knows who I’ll marry.
I have stockings of silk
And shoes of bright green leather
Combs to buckle my hair
And a ring for every finger.
Feather beds are soft
And painted rooms are bonnie
But I would give them all
For my handsome winsome Johnny.
Some say he is poor
But I say he’s bonnie
Fairest of them all
Is my handsome winsome Johnny.
I know where I’m going
I know who’s going with me
I know who I love
And my dear knows who I’ll marry.