I'M ALABAMA BOUND

Latest update on 03/01/2013

Artist: Prince's Orch.
Author: Hoffman
Label: Columbia
Year: 1909

Just like Arkansas, Alabama frequently stood for the whole South in song and the Alabama Bound was a dance where partners held each other as close as with the Bunny Hug and other risqué close couple dances.

Covers:

1925:

Blossom Seeley [as Alabamy Bound]

1925:

Papa Charlie Jackson [later also as Elder Greene Blues (see footnote)]

1927:

Henry Thomas [as Don't Leave Me Here and in '28 as Don't Ease Me In; situates it in the cane cutting fields along the Brazos River in Texas; in '29 as Don't You Leave Me Here]

1931:

Gene Autry [as Atlanta Bound]

1934:

Pete Harris [Lomax recording; their second discovery (after Lead Belly)]

1935:

Lead Belly [as Alabama Bound; in '40 with the Golden Gate Quartet and in '46 with Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston]

1937:

Rich Brown [John A. Lomax recording; called this a levee camp song]

1938:

Washboard Sam [as Don't You Leave Me Here]

1939:

Jelly Roll Morton [idem, but also as I'm Alabama Bound, which he claimed as his own composition, written while playing barrelhouses in Mobile, Alabama in 1905]

1940:

Louis Jordan

1954:

Odetta [as Alabama Bound]

1956:

Lonnie Donegan [as I'm Alabammy Bound]

1960:

Ray Charles

1965:

Jim Kweskin's Jug Band [as Don't You Leave Me Here; crediting Jelly Roll Morton]

1965:

Tom Rush

1966:

Charlatans

1967:

Mickie Finn [as Alabamy Bound]

1967:

Tee Set [as Don't You Leave]

1971:

Doc Watson

1998:

Van Morrison-Lonnie Donegan-Chris Barber [as Alabamy Bound]

2001:

Roger McGuinn [with Pete Seeger]

2002:

Guy Davis [as Don't You Leave Me Here]

Not to be confused with the Alabamy Bound from 1925, written by Bud Green/Buddy DeSylva/Lew Henderson and cut by Al Jolson, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt. Papa Harvey Hull & Long Clive Reed had a Don't You Leave Me Here tapping from Another Man Done Gone and Baby Please Don't Go. Paul Oliver's Songsters & Saints reports a Texan collector's 1908 version of Alabama Bound with lyric lines from Elder Greene, a song recorded in the 1920's by Charley Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Charley Jackson, who cut both songs, closes the circle.

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