There's a Long, Long Trail
DESCRIPTION: The singer misses (his sweetheart), noting that "Nights are getting very lonely, days are very long." He remembers her in dreams. Chorus: "There's a long, long trail a-winding To the land of my dreams Where the nightingales are singing...."
AUTHOR: Words: Stoddard King / Music: Zo Elliot
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (sheet music)
KEYWORDS: separation loneliness nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England) US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Fuld-WFM, pp. 573-574, "There's a Long, Long Trail"
[?] Campbell & [Henry] Burr, "There's a Long, Long Trail" (Little Wonder 563, c. 1916)
John McCormack "There's a Long, Long Trail" (Victor 64694, 1917)
There's a Long, Long Worm A-Crawling (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 162)
NOTES [15 words]: Not a proper folk song, but its popularity in World War I argues for its inclusion here. - RBW
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