He's gone away for to stay a little while Farewell, fair thee well But [he's coming back if he goes]1 ten thousand miles But who will tie my shoes? Your father will tie your shoes And who will glove my hand? Your mother will glove your hand And who will kiss these ruby lips when he is gone? And I will kiss those ruby lips when I come back Look away, look away over Yandro2.
1 also "I'm coming back if I go"
2 a mountain in North Carolina
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Kirke Mechem (b. 1925), "He's gone away", op. 46 no. 2 [SATB chorus and piano], from American Madrigals: Madrigal Cycle on American Folks Songs, no. 2, Carl Fischer [text verified 1 time]
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