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Posted By: Schantieman
03-Jul-03 - 08:48 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Going Home Song (Jim James)
Subject: RE: The Going Home Song
Joe is right!

Jim James was a resident of the Bothy Folk Club in Southport, Lancs for some time until the late eighties. He now lives in New England (Maine, I think) and spends the summer as a deckhand and singer on a schooner.

He wrote Going Home Song as a going home song for the club, about some of the local natural sights - the fox on the dunes, the geese on the shore etc. On his periodic visits to the club since then he has been know to sing it. He has been amazed from time to time to hear it sung all over the place, no-one knowing that he wrote it!

I've got all the words at home somewhere, if anyone's interested. Hang on, let's see if I can remember them.....

In the night sky you can hear the geese cry
And it's time for the going home song
The fox on the dune crying up at the moon
And it's time for the going home song

Travellers the wide world all over
Let your star follow you through the night.
With the storm clouds at bay
At the end of the day
When it's time for the going home song.

There are two or three more verses. I'll try & remember to look 'em out,