Lyrics: First verse I've been around your town and seen the sights, But now I'm through, I'm telling you, That I've made up my mind to stay home nights, There's lots to do, I mean it too, Because my old friend bankroll was getting thinner, and before it got too late, I hired a furnished room, Goodbye to gloom, and now I'm mighty glad to state: Chorus "I'm saving up the means, to get to New Orleans, I'll buy a trunk and pack it, leave this racket, I'll be happy when I'm bound Back to those childhood scenes and mother's homemade beans, I'm thirsty, Gee whiz! I want a silver fizz, like they make in my home town. Down there in New Orleans, I'll wear my old blue jeans, I'll find the girl I left behind me in her teens, I know a train that goes a mile a minute, You bet your life I'm going' to be right in it, On my way back home to New Orleans. I'm saving leans." Second verse Now you can have your great big northern town, Your city ways, And problem plays, They're just a bunch of worries, cares and frowns, In cabarets The nights are days, I’d rather be in Dixie, where I can rough it in the good old country style, And when I get back there, I’ll breath that air, and change my wrinkles to a smile.
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php