“Baby Please Don't Go”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (recording, Joe Williams)
Keywords: love separation prisoner abandonment
Found in: US


The prisoner begs his girl not to abandon him: "Now your man done gone (x3) To the county farm." "Baby, please don't go (x3) back to Baltimore." ""Turn your lamp down low." ""You know I loves you so." "I beg you all night long."



  1. Courlander-NFM, pp. 108-109, "Baby, Please Don't Go" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 65, "Baby, Please Don't Go" (1 text)
  3. BI, CNFM108