Going to Boston (2)

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GOING TO BOSTON [2]. AKA and see "We're All Going to Boston." Old-Time, Air and Breakdown. USA; Ky., Ind. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody has a trace melodic relationship with "Going to Boston (1)". A song version of the melody can be found in Cecil Sharp's English Folksongs from the Southern Appalachians, collected at Hindman, Kentucky in 1917, as "Going to Boston." A play-party version of the song can be found in Leah Jackson's The Play-Party in Indiana: A Collection of Folk-Songs and Games with Descriptive Introduction, and Correlating Notes (1916, Indiana Historical Commission, Indianapolis), under the title "Go to Boston," collected from Mrs. Susan Ballman (Versailles, Ind.). It begins:

Now, boys, you may go to Bos-ton,
Now, boys, you may go to Bos-ton,
Now, boys, youmay go to Bos-ton,
So ear - ly in the morn-ing.

Now girls you may go to Boston, (x3)
So early in the morning.

All together we'll go to Boston, (x3)
So early in the morning.

See also Ky. fiddler Art Stamper's related version "Goodbye Girls I'm Going to Boston."

Source for notated version: learned as a girl by folksinger Jean Ritchie (Ky.) [Spadaro].

Printed sources: Spadaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; p. 33.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]




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