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GOIN' HOME (Antonín Leopold Dvořák (m*) 1893 / William Arms Fisher (l*) 1922) Deanna Durbin 1941 Also sung by: Paul Robeson 1958 David Phelps Sam Cooke And many others... The first set of lyrics (following) are from the film (Deanna Durbin sings to Charles Laughton) Goin' home Goin' home I'm a goin' home Quiet like, some still day I'm just goin' home. It's not far Just close by Through an open door Work all done, care laid by Goin' to grieve no more. Mother's there, 'spectin' me Father's waitin' there… (Durbin breaks down) In one of her studio recordings of Goin' Home, Durbin sings the following last verse as: Mother's there, 'spectin' me I'm a goin' home Quiet like, some still day I'm just goin' home. The second set of lyrics (following) are from 1922 and thought by some to be the original set of lyrics as published. Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a goin' home; Quiet-like, some still day, I'm jes' goin' home. It's not far, jes' close by, Through an open door; Work all done, care laid by, Goin' to fear no more. Mother's there 'spectin' me, Father's waitin' too; Lots o' folk gather'd there, All the friends I knew, All the friends I knew. Home, I'm goin' home! Nothin lost, all's gain, No more fret nor pain, No more stumblin' on the way, No more longin' for the day, Goin' to roam no more! Mornin' star lights the way, Res'less dream all done; Shadows gone, break o' day, Real life jes' begun. There's no break, there's no end, Jes' a livin' on; Wide awake, with a smile Goin' on and on. Goin' home, goin' home, I'm jes' goin' home, goin' home, goin' home, goin' home! (credit Mel Priddle) The third set of lyrics (following) are widely available on the Internet, a hymn set to Dvořák's Second movement. Going home, going home I'm just going home Quiet-like, slip away I'll be going home. It's not far, just close by Jesus is the Door Work all done, laid aside Fear and grief no more. Friends are there, waiting now He is waiting too See His smile, See His hand He will lead me through. Morning Star lights the way Restless dream all done Shadows gone, break of day Life has just begun. Every tear wiped away Pain and sickness gone Wide awake there with Him Peace goes on and on. Going home, going home I'll be going home See the light See the sun I'm just going home. Internet Reference: (2013) NOTES: This song appeared in the Universal film 'It Started with Eve' in 1941 Director: Henry Koster Leads: Deanna Durbin / Charles Laughton / Robert Cummings The origins of the melody and lyrics for this piece of music are a point of some conjecture, thus it's worth discussing a bit further. Some feel that this song has it's historical roots grounded in the 'Negro Spiritual' family of music and it was later adapted for symphony. On the other hand some believe that the song is a derative of a particular symphony of one of the two Czech classical masters and was absorbed at some later date into the 'Negro Spiritual' realm. Others support the fact that it originated as a church hymn, a very long time ago…and there are still other views not presented here. The classical master in question is Antonín Leopold Dvořák (September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) and the symphony is Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, 'From The New World', or more commonly known as the New World Symphony. The melody springs from the Second Movement (the Largo). As a point of interest for classical music buffs, the definitive work for this symphony is arguably George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. It is generally held that the lyrics were written by William Arms Fisher who was a purported compositional student of Dvořák at the time. No matter how one regards this ambivalence of view and it's ultimate resolution, most agree that the melody and lyrics are thoughtful, soulful and moving, particularly in Durbin's film. (Transcribed by David Story - November 2013)


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