“Alabama Bound (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Lomax), but elements at least were part of the 1925 Trixie Smith recording
Keywords: nonballad floatingverses train travel drink abandonment
Found in: US(So)

Description

"I'm Alabama bound, I'm Alabama bound/And if the train don't stop and turn around/I'm Alabama bound"; "Don't you leave me here... If you must go... leave me a dime for beer"; "Don't you be like me... You can drink... sherry wine and let the whiskey be."

Notes

This should not be confused with "Alabama Bound (I)." - PJS

Norm Cohen tells Paul Stamler that "Don't You Leave Me Here," a song sung by Jelly Roll Morton, not only shares lyrics with but is a version of this song. In the absence of a definitely traditional version of the latter, we leave the question open. - (PJS, RBW)

There is also a popular song, "Alabamy Bound," with words and music by Bud De Sylva, Bud Green, and Ray Henderson, published in 1925. As far as I can determine, it's not related to this song. - PJS

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 206-209, "Alabama-Bound" (1 text, 1 tune, probably composite)
  2. MWheeler, pp. 54-55, "I'm Alabama Bound" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BrownIII 237, "If the Seaboard Train Wrecks I Got a Mule to Ride" (1 4-line text with lyrics seemingly from three different songs, but filed here because of the final line)
  4. Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 213-214, "Shine Reel" (1 fragment, 1 tune, mentioning being "Alabama Bound" but also mentioning some being on a boat that sank, so it might be part of "Shine and the Titanic")
  5. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 450-451, "Railroad Blues (I)" (1 text, 1 tune, which Cohen apparently considers a separate song by Trixie Smith, but her song seems to have no independent circulation and shares enough lyrics with this piece that I file it here, particularly since the change in tune might be due to the jazz arrangement)
  6. PSeeger-AFB, p. 44 "Alabama Bound" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 47, "Alabama Bound" (1 text)
  8. DT, ALABOUND*
  9. Roud #10017
  10. BI, PSAFB044