My Doney, Where You Been So Long?

Traditional | Roud 4957, Ballad Index BAF900

Lyrics:

My doney, where you been so long?
Doney, where you been so long?
Been in the bed, covered up my head
Darling, that’s where I’ve been so long

Little birdie, won’t you fly away home
Birdie, won’t you fly away
Fly away, come back another day
Birdie, won’t you fly away home

Why does a tall pines pine
Why does a tall pines pine
Pining for her own true love
Just like I pine for mine

Oh, which way does a red river run
Where does a red river run
It runs straight to my back door
Down towards the rising sun

My doney, where you been so long?
Doney, where you been so long?
Been in the bed, covered up my head
Darling, that’s where I’ve been so long

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About the Song:

“My Doney, Where You Been So Long?” is an obscure relative of “Mole in the Ground“. It was first recorded by Ola Belle Reed for her 1977 album, Ola Belle Reed & Family (Rounder, 0077). Frank C. Brown says in his book North Carolina Folklore, Vol. 3 that the melody most likely either originates from either river roustabouts or from a minstrel show.

Other titles include: “My Doney, Where Have You Been So Long?”

Related songs and variants: “Mole in the Ground“, “New River Train”, “Alberta Let Yo’ Hair Hang Low”, “My Doney, Where Have You Been So Long?”, “Hard Rocking Chair”