“Don't You Leave Me Here”


Floating verses: "Don't you leave me here...If you must go...leave me a dime for beer." "I've never had one woman... I've always had six, seven, eight or nine." "The rooster crowed... Saying, 'If you want to taste my fricassee you got to run me down."


Norm Cohen tells Paul Stamler that "Don't You Leave Me Here," a song sung by Jelly Roll Morton, not only shares lyrics with but is a version of "Alabama Bound (II)". We leave the question open. - (PJS, RBW)

Scarborough's text certainly has references to being Alabama Bound, but the form is rather different:

Don't you leave me here,

Don't you leave me here!

I'm Alabama bound,

I'm Alabama bound.

Don't you leave me here!

Ef you do de train don't run.

I got a mule to ride,

I got a mule to ride,

Don't you leave me here. - RBW

Cross references


  • Yas Yas Girl [pseud. for Merline Johnson], "Don't You Leave Me Here" (Conqueror 9079, 1938)


  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 239, (no title) (1 short text)
  2. BI, RcDYLMH


Author: Possibly Jelly Roll Morton
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Found in: US