“Chilly Winds”

Author: unknown (credited on Paramount recording to Paul Carter)
Earliest date: 1925 (recording, Charlie Jackson)
Keywords: nonballad clothes home separation floatingverses
Found in: US


Characteristic line: "I'm going where the chilly winds don't blow." The others may complain about life, weather, or women: "I'm leaving in the spring, ain't coming back till fall." "Who'll be your daddy while I'm gone"


For those of us who first met this song in its touched-up Kingston Trio form, it may seem surprising to note that it's almost incoherent. But the truly traditional versions seem to be characterized largely by floating verses, with a plot frequently obscured under the weight of this material. - RBW

Cross references



  1. MWheeler, p. 29, "I'm Goin' Down the River Befo' Long" (1 text, 1 tune, a combination of this with "I'm Going Down the River")
  3. Roud #3419
  4. BI, MWhee029