DESCRIPTION: "I'm going out west before long (x2), I'm going out west where times are best." "My boy, he's gone west... and he'll never come back." "Little girlie, don't cry when I tell you goodbye." "You promised you'd marry me." "Lay your hand in mine...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1966
KEYWORDS: love courting separation travel
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Fife/Fife-CowboyAndWesternSongs 53, "Going West" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 296, "Going Back West 'fore Long" (1 fragment, too short to classify but it might well be this piece)
NOTES [31 words]: Roud lumps this with "I Am Going to the West." That song, however, is a parting song, with the singer leaving because his land is ruined. The only common element is the migration theme. - RBW
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