English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 91
Swannanoa Town
Pentatonic. Mode 3.
Sung by Mrs. Sarah Buckner and Mrs. Ford at Black Mountain, N. C, Sept. 19, 1916
2   I'm going back to the Swannanoa Town, O, Before long, baby, before long.
3   When you hear the hoodows hollering, Sign of rain, baby, sign of rain.
4  When you hear my bull-dog barking, Somebody round, baby, somebody round.
5   When you hear my pistol firing,
Another man dead, baby, another man dead.
6   I'll be back all in September, 'Twon't be long, baby, 'twon't be long.
7   Look for me till your eye runs water, I'll be at home, baby, I'll be at home.
8   O Lord, Ella, what's your trouble ? I have none, baby, I have none.
9   Don't you remember last December,
The wind blowed cold, baby, the wind blowed cold.
10 I'm a-going back to Swannanoa Town, O, That's my home, baby, that's my home.