Detroit City
Sung by: Unknown
Recorded at the Leslie Homecoming, 6/13/63

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. . . I want to go home.
Oh, Lord, I want to go home.

Last night I went to sleep in Detroit city,
And I dreamed about the cotton fields and home.
I dreamed about my mother, dear old papa, sister, and brother,
And I dreamed about the girl who’s waited for so long.

Chorus: I want to go home; I want to go home.
Oh, Lord, I want to go home.

Home folks think I’m big in Detroit city;
From the letters that I write, they think I’m fine,
But by day I make the cars; by night I make the bars;
If they could only read between the lines.


[The following is spoken:
You know, I rode a freight train north to Detroit City,
And after all these years I find I've been wasting my time.
I believe I’ll put my foolish pride on a southbound train tonight.]
Back to the loved one I left so far behind.


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