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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Daddy I'm Coming Back To You by Leadbelly

Daddy I'm Coming Back To You - Leadbelly,
5 February 1935 NYC, ARC 16806-1 unissued,
Transcribed from Leadbelly King of the 12-String Guitar, Columbia Roots 'N' Blues 467893, 12 string in standard down 5 semitones to B and played in C position, actual pitch is G.

[Intro, 4 bars on the I]

Your hair has turned to silver
I know you're fadin' too
Daddy, dear old Daddy
I'm comin' back to you
Made my boyhood happy
Still I longed to roam
I've a-had my way, but now I'll stay
I long for you and for home

Daddy, you shared my sorrows and joys
You tried to bring me up right
But still I remember you's a-one of the boys
Now I'm starting back home tonight
Your hair has turned to silver
I know you's fadin' too
Daddy, dear old Daddy
I'm comin' back to you
Made my boyhood happy
Still I longed to roam
I've a-had my way, but now I'll stay
I long for you and for home

[spoken] This here's the last verse. His Papa's hair had turned to silver.
And when he got back home: [/spoken]

I'm dreaming tonight of an old Southern town
The best friend I ever had
Been wonderin' and worryin' and rovin' 'round
Now I'm goin' back home to my Dad
Your hair has turned to silver
I know you're fading too
Daddy, dear old Daddy
I'm comin' back to you
Made my boyhood happy
Still I longed to roam
I've a-had my way, but now I'll stay
I long for you and for home

[Instrumental 4 bars out]