Title

W'en I Gits Home

Publication Information

published in Lyrics of Love and Laughter (1903)

Musical Settings

Reginald Evans, Goin' Home (September 2015)

Byron Christopher Mayes, W'en I Gits Home (Op. 29a, no. 5) (January 2000)

Text

It's moughty tiahsome layin' 'roun'
Dis sorrer-laden earfly groun',
An' oftentimes I thinks, thinks I,
'T would be a sweet t'ing des to die,
An' go 'long home.

Home whaih de frien's I loved 'll say,
"We've waited fu' you many a day,
Come hyeah an' res' yo'se'f, an' know
You's done wid sorrer an' wid woe,
Now you's at home."

W'en I gits home some blessid day,
I 'lows to th'ow my caihs erway,
An' up an' down de shinin' street,
Go singin' sof' an' low an' sweet,
W'en I gits home.

I wish de day was neah at han',
I's tiahed of dis grievin' lan',
I's tiahed of de lonely yeahs,
I want to des dry up my teahs,
An' go 'long home.

Oh, Mastah, won't you sen' de call?
My frien's is daih, my hope,
my all. I'l waitin' whaih de road is rough,
I want to wheyey you say, "Enough,
Ol' man, come home!"

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