Chilly Winds

DESCRIPTION: 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"
AUTHOR: unknown (credited on Paramount recording to Paul Carter)
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (recording, Charlie Jackson)
KEYWORDS: nonballad clothes home separation floatingverses
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 293-294, "Chilly Winds" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roberts-SangBranchSettlers, #58, "Chilly Wind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wheeler-SteamboatinDays, 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")
ADDITIONAL: Zora Neale Hurston, _Mules and Men_ (New York,1990 (paperback edition of 1935 original)), pp. 255-256, "East Coast Blues" (with tune)

Roud #3419
Charlie Jackson, "I'm Going Where Chilly Winds Don't Blow" (Paramount 12335, 1926; rec. 1925)
Riley Puckett, "I'm Going Where The Chilly Winds Don't Blow" (Columbia 15392-D, 1929; rec. 1927)
Charlie Woods, "Chilly Winds" (on FarMtns2)

cf. "Going Across the Sea" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor" (floating lyrics)
NOTES [49 words]: 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
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