Sammie, Where Have You Been So Long?

Traditional | Roud 4957, Ballad Index BAF900

Lyrics:

Sammie, where you been so long?
Sammie, where you been so long?
I been to the West, and I’m going back, I guess.
Oh, honey, let me beg you, please don’t go

Oh, honey, let me beg you, please don’t go.
Oh, honey, let me beg you, please don’t go.
You see me coming in with my twenty dollar bill
And it’s honey, let me beg you, please don’t go

And my last gold dollar done and gone
And my last gold dollar done and gone
For my whiskey bill is due, and my board bill is too
And my last gold dollar done and gone

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About the Song:

“Sammie, Where You Been So Long?” is an obscure relative of “Mole in the Ground“. It was first recorded in 1927 by Dock Boggs for Brunswick (Cat. No. 131-B). Frank C. Brown is 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: “Sammy, 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”