“Sitting on Top of the World”

Author: Probably Walter Vincson (Digital Tradition lists Lonnie Carter and Walter Jacobs)
Earliest date: 1930 (recording, Mississippi Sheiks)
Keywords: hardheartedness love travel abandonment floatingverses lover
Found in: US(SE,So)

Description

Singer's woman leaves him, then says "Come back... I need you so". He spurns her: "If you don't like my peaches, don't shake my tree...." He'll find another woman. Ch.: "But now she's gone, and I don't worry/Because I'm sitting on top of the world"

Notes

This song should not be confused with the Tin Pan Alley song, "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (which goes on, "Just rollin' along, just rollin' along"), although the Mississippi Sheiks may have been ironically quoting from it. - PJS

Same tune

Recordings

References

  1. DT, STTNTOP*
  2. Roud #7689
  3. BI, dtSTTNTO