I Went Down To Virginia

 

Written by:  Redd Evans

Written by:  Dave Mann

Arranged By:  Axel Stordahl

From the Album:  Columbia Years, 1943-1952

Label:  Columbia Records

Recorded:  November 25, 1947

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I went down to Virginia and no one sent for me,

I went down to Virginia to see what I could see.

Well I found the horses that some of the gals took bets,

The spirits of the states are guaranteed high sets

So I stayed down in Virginia 'cause that looked good to me.

I went down to Virginia and I didn't know a soul,

No wonder folks befriend ya, their hearts are made of pure gold.

While the civic minded citizens are all so kind,

They feed you with you hook a fish on every line,

So I stayed down in Virginia, that's how much I've been sold.

So bless the day that brought me here,

And bless the folks I love so dear.

Well, brother, if you ever plan a'coming this way,

You find the things that's just exactly like I say.

I stayed down in Virginia, Virginia USA.

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Yes, I went down to Virginia, I went by my request,

No one needs recommend ya, 'cause you are a welcome guest.

Well, I never thought I'd find a place where I could be

Just happy as a jaybird in a cherry tree,

So I stayed down in Virginia, 'cause that's the very best,

So bless the day that brought me here,

And bless the folks I love so dear.

Why, I plumb forgot to mention 'bout the biggest deal,

My gal is named Virginia, that's Virginia real,

So I stayed down in Virginia, Virginia, Virginia, USA.