Heptune presents:

When I Went Back Home

   (Lil Armstrong, Avon)

Photograph of Lil Hardin Armstrong

Transcribed from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, recorded July 23, 1937.
From Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, 1936-1940, Chronological Classics, vol. 564.

Never saw such happy folks,
Though most of them were broke;
They were happy, that's no joke,
When I went back home!

Should-a seen me truckin' down the street,
Sayin' hello to the folks I'd meet,
Sincerity, what a treat!
When I went back home!

Now, Maw said, "Gal, come to the table,
And eat just as much as you're able."
Hmmm, lordy, what a pity
I couldn't bring some food back to New York City!

Never saw so many flowers before,
Growin' round one little cabin door;
I felt I'd never want to roam no more,
When I went back home!

Now, Maw said, "Gal, come to the table
And eat just as much as you're able."
Hmmm, lordy, what a pity
Couldn't bring some food back to New York City!

Never saw so many flowers before,
Growin' round one cabin door;
I felt I'd never want to roam no more,
When I went back home!



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Published 1/29/00.

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