“Goodbye, Pretty Mama”


"I'm gonna take those shoes I bought you, Put yo' feet on de groun' (x2)." "I'm gonna leave you jes' like I foun' you, All out an' down (x2)." "I ain' gonna buy you nothin' else, When I go to town (x2)."


The Lomaxes call this a "variant of the Tie-Tamping Chant." They offer no supporting evidence, however, and the forms of the two songs are different. So I separate them (though Roud lumps them). - RBW


  1. Lomax-ABFS, p. 20, "Good-by, Pretty Mama" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #15522
  3. BI, LxA020


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934
Keywords: separation clothes
Found in: US