“Baby, All Night Long”

Alternate titles: “Richmond Blues”
Author: unknown (credited to Ada Jones & Shelton Brooks on the Stanleys' recording)
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Roba & Bob Stanley)
Keywords: loneliness rambling railroading lyric nonballad floatingverses
Found in: US(SE)


Floating blues verses; "I'm going to the depot/Look up on the board"; "If I had listened/To what mama said," etc. Chorus is "All night long/Baby, all night long/Got the Richmond blues/Baby, all night long."


The Oscar Craver recording uses the same tune and structure, but most of the lyrics are variants on "Mary Had a Little Lamb" verses. - PJS

Same tune

Cross references



  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 172-173, "Baby, All Night Long" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 74, "All Night Long" (1 text)
  3. BI, CSW172