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  • SO LONG IT'S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YUH
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  • I've sung this song, but I'll sing it again,
  • Of the people I've met and the places I've seen.
  • Of some of the troubles that bothered my mind
  • And a lot of good people that I've left behind, saying:
  • 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.
  • What a long time since I've been home,
  • And I've gotta be driftin' along.
  • The sweethearts they 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 talked like this: Honey,
  • CHORUS
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  • Written by Woody Guthrie. Copyright 1940, 1950, 1951, 1968, 1977
  • by Folkways Music Publishers, Inc. The melody in the verse is
  • taken from "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" and the chorus is a
  • variant of Huddie (Leadbelly) Ledbetter's "Goodnight Irene." But
  • Woody turned and twisted both verse and chorus until they had
  • achieved the rakish angle appropriate this his own jaunty lyrics.
  • NOTE (RG): Above is Weavers version. Woody's (older) song goes:
  • 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'...)
  • cho:
  • 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,...)
  • cho:
  • 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!"
  • cho: (optional this time)
  • 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'...)
  • cho:
  • FURTHER NOTE: Homer and Jethro, C&W parodists (who were once
  • described as "the Stone Age Smothers Brothers", produced a
  • version with the verses:
  • I went down to the barn, as has been my rule;
  • Went down to milk, had a pail and a stool.
  • The cow tossed her head and she swished 'round her tail
  • And planted her left hind foot smack in the pail.
  • I said, "Listen here, Bossy, stop pawin' the ground.
  • I had a hard night, I was slippin' around."
  • She looked at me with her eyes big and brown
  • And said "You just hang on, boy, I'll jump up and down." (I
  • said...)
  • cho:
  • Copyright Ludlow Music, Inc.
  • Recorded by Weavers (also by Woody on Stinson, I think)
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  • DC RG
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