“To the West A While to Stay”


"As I sit here sad and lonely, Thinkin' of my dear old home, Of my home an' dear old mother, How much further must I roam?" The singer recalls the sad parting when he told mother he was leaving. Now he learns that mother died while he was far away


This song is item dB37 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 191, "To the West Awhile to Stay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 189-190, "To the West Awhile to Stay" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 191)
  3. Roud #4050
  4. BI, R191


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Randolph)
Keywords: death separation mother
Found in: US(So)