“Will You Go Out West?”


The singer is looking for a girl to "go out west with me." He promises happy home -- a log cabin with a dirt floor and a blanket for the door. The girl will help with the farming while the husband goes hunting

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Will You Go Out West?
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From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #88, pp. 331-332. From the singing of Etson Van Wagner.

Where is the girl that will go out west with me?
We'll live in some desired place, and happy we will be,
We'll have a little cabin, the ground for a floor,
A distance for the window and a plank for the door.

  So will you go out west, will you go out west.
    Will you go out west with me?
  Will you go out west, will you go out west?
    Oh, say, will you go out west with me?

(1 additional stanza)


  1. FSCatskills 88, "Will You Go Out West?" (1 text+2 fragments, 1 tune)
  2. ST FSC088 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4604
  4. BI, FSC088


Author: unknown
Found in: US(MA)