“Going West”


"I'm going out west before long (x2), I'm going out west where times are best." "My boy, he's gone west... and he'll never come back." "Little girlie, don't cry when I tell you goodbye." "You promised you'd marry me." "Lay your hand in mine...."


Roud lumps this with "I Am Going to the West." That song, however, is a parting song, with the singer leaving because his land is ruined. The only common element is the migration theme. - RBW


  1. Fife-Cowboy/West 53, "Going West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BrownIII 296, "Going Back West 'fore Long" (1 fragment, too short to classify but it might well be this piece)
  3. Roud #5113
  4. BI, FCW053


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1966
Found in: US