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"Blue Ridge Mountain Blues"
trad. arr. The Rosinators
Paul Castle, vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo
Will Sneyd, fiddle, mandolin, vocals; Fliss Premru, fiddle, vocals



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Lyrics

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

(as sung by The Rosinators)

 
When I was young and in my prime
I left my home in Caroline
Now all I do is sit and pine
Thinkin' 'bout the folks I left behind

I've got them Blue Ridge Mountain blues
And I sit right here and pine
Cos I'm bound to travel 
While I'm scratching gravel
For them Blue Ridge far away

I went on down to San Anton
Ain't a gonna work or worry any more
I'm gonnna stay home with my Pa
Ain't a gonna work or worry any more

I've got them Blue Ridge Mountain blues
And I sit right here and pine
Cos I'm bound to travel 
While I'm scratching gravel
For them Blue Ridge far away

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Blue Ridge Mountain Blues


(as sung by Doc Watson)
 

When I was young and in my prime
I left my home in Caroline
Now all I do is sit and pine
For all those folks I left behind

I've got those Blue Ridge Mountain blues
And I stand right here to say
My grip is packed to travel and I'm scratching gravel
For that Blue Ridge far away

Well I'm gonnna stay right by my Pa
And I'm gonna do right by my Ma
I'll hang around that cabin door
No work or worry anymore

I've got those Blue Ridge Mountain blues
Gonna see my Old Dog Tray
Gonna hunt the possum where the corn tops blossom
On that Blue Ridge far away

Now I see a window with a light
I see two heads of snowy white
It seems I hear them both recite
Where is my wandering boy tonight

I've got those Blue Ridge Mountain blues
And I stand right here to say
Every day I'm counting 'til I find that mountain
On that blue ridge far away


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Lyrics as sung by Bill Clifton

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Song History

According to Kinney Rorrer, co-host of "Back to the Blue Ridge", a bluegrass
radio show on WVTF Public Radio in Virginia, "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
was written in 1924 by Cliff Hess. It was recorded by blind musician George
Reneau and Gene Austin in April of 1924. Blind Riley Puckett also recorded
it that same year. It was recorded 15 times by various artists between 1924
and 1935."

IMDb Biography of Cliff Hess

Composer, songwriter, author, publisher and pianist, educated locally and
later a pianist on Mississippi River boats. He then joined the staff of several
music publishing firms, and was Irving Berlin's secretary between 1913 and
1918. Later he became an executive for several recording and publishing
companies. Joining ASCAP in 1919, his popular-song compositions include
"Homesickness Blues", "When Alexander takes His Ragtime Band to France",
"I'm in Heaven", "I Used to Call Her Baby", "Huckleberry Finn", "Freckles",
and "Don't You Remember the Day?"

Major Recordings


Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson

Doc Watson & Jean Ritchie /
Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City. 1963


Doc & Merle Watson / Watson Country

Doc & Merle Watson / Watson Country
Label: Flying Fish

The Country Gentlemen

The Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More)  
(originally released in 1963)
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys

Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys / 11/16/63
Mechanic's Hall - Worcester MA
(1963)

Bill Clifton - The Early Years

Bill Clifton / The Early Years
Label: Rounder
Year: 1992

Jim & Jesse - The Old Dominion Masters

Jim & Jesse / The Old Dominion Masters
Label: Pinecastle (1999)

Kruger Brothers - Travel the Gravel

Krüger Brothers / Travel The Gravel
Double Time Music (1998)

Joe Maphis / Joe Maphis & Friends "Live At Town Hall" 1958-1961


Earl Scruggs & Friends

Earl Scruggs / Earl Scruggs And Friends
Label: MCA (2001)

John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers

John Fogerty / The Blue Ridge Rangers
Label: Fantasy (1973)


Doc & Merle Watson / Pickin' The Blues - Doc & Merle Watson
Label: Flying Fish (1985)


Doc & Merle Watson / Sittin' Here Pickin' The Blues
Label: Rounder (2004)


Norman Blake / Live at McCabe's

Norman Blake / Live At McCabe's & Directions


Riley Puckett / Old Time Greats Volume 2


Wayne Erbsen, Laura Boosinger / Rural Roots of Bluegrass

Wayne Erbsen, Laura Boosinger / Rural Roots Of Bluegrass

Patsy Stoneman Murphy / Patsy Sings Pop... Stoneman That Is!
Label: Stonehouse Music (2001)

Stonemans / Family Tradition: The Stoneman Legacy
Label: CMH (2002)



Lyrics & Song history research for other recordings by The Rosinators

Old Joe Clark
Orange Blossom Special
One Kind Favour
I Saw the Light (Hank Williams)
In My Time of Dying
Cindy's Breakdown (aka Get Along Home Cindy)
Joli Blon (aka Jolie Blonde)
Little Sadie
Looking for the Stone (aka Daniel Saw The Stone)
Poncho's Lament (Tom Waits)

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