I'm Going To Cross the Sea
DESCRIPTION: "I'm going to cross the sea, my love, Oh how I hate to start, I'll shake your hand in a long farewell, And then we have to part." "Sift your meal and save your bran, There's gonna be a wedding down in Alabam." "Slice your bread and butter fine...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: playparty separation food
FOUND IN: US(Ap,So)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Randolph 587, "I'm Going To Cross the Sea" (1 text)
Thomas-Makin', pp. 40-42, (no title) (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Although there are many songs with similar lines, there is no reason I can see (based on Randolph's fragmentary text) to link this with any other "Going Cross the Sea" song.
Thomas's text is similar in scope: Three stanzas, sharing the first few lines with Randolph's and then being mostly floating. She does not list it as a playparty, rather as a chantey -- but her clasifications are suspect. - RBW
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