SO LONG IT’S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU

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SO LONG IT’S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU
“So Long It’s Been Good To Know You” is a song written by Woody Guthrie. The
melody in the verse is taken from “The Ballad of Billy the Kid” and the chorus is a
variant of The Leadbelly song “Goodnight Irene.” But Woody turned and twisted both
verse and chorus until they had achieved the rakish angle appropriate to his own jaunty
lyrics.
I’ve sung this song, and I’ll sing it again
Of the place where I lived, on the wild windy plain
In a month called April, a county called Gray
Here is what all of the people there say: (Well, it’s…)
cho:
So long, it’s been good to know yuh;
So long, it’s been good to know yuh;
So long, it’s been good to know yuh.
But this dusty old dust is a-gettin’ my home
And I’ve gotta be driftin’ along.
Well the dust storm came, it came like thunder
It dusted us over, it dusted us under;
It blocked all the traffic and blocked out the sun,
And straightway for home all the people did run (singin’…)
The sweethearts sat in the dark and they sparked,
They hugged and they kissed in that dusty old dark;
They sighed and they cried and they hugged and they kissed
But instead of marriage, they were talkin’ like this: (Honey,…)
The telephone rang. It jumped off the wall,
That was the preacher, a-makin’ his call.
He said, “Kind friends, this may the end
You have your last chance at salvation from sin!”
Well, the churches was jammed and the churches was packed,
But that dusty old dust storm it blew so black
That the preacher could not read a word of his text,
So he folded his specs, took up a collection, (Sayin’…)