“I Love the Blue Mountains”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1945 (Harlow)
Keywords: shanty slave return family home
Found in: US


Halyard shanty: "I love the blue mountains of Tennessee, that's the place for you and me." Singer is a former slave who was set free (in 1863), he's going back to Tennessee to get his wife and child (pickanniny) and then will quit sailing.


Harlow apparently attributed this to Black sailors. It strikes me as a little too "still longing for the old plantation"-ish for me to trust that claim without more data. - RBW


  1. Harlow, pp. 143-144, "I Love the Blue Mountains" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9147
  3. BI, Harl143