When I'm gone from Texas (Ross Anderson Smith)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-24)  CPDL #59342:     
Editor: Ross Anderson Smith (submitted 2020-06-24).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: CC BY
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General Information

Title: When I'm Gone From Texas
Composer: Ross Anderson Smith
Lyricist: Ross Anderson Smith

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: B
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published:
Description:  A slow gentle waltz about being homesick for Texas, in the tradition of the Great American Songbook. A blend of Bob Wills and Cole Porter. Written for baritone voice & piano.

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Original text and translations

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Verse I:
I've seen the sights,
I've climbed the heights,
I've travelled the world on a dare.

There were long nights in bar rooms,
endless hotel rooms,
so many I no longer care.

A new thrill each day.
Just one more, they say.

This one you really must see.
But all I know is they take me
away from where I long to be.

When I'm gone from Texas, and round the world I roam,
I remember the breeze
in the cottonwood trees,
and the mockingbirds singing at dawn.

There's a girl I left in Texas,
a girl who loves me so,
And when I'm gone from Texas,
my heart will lead me home.

Verse II:
Adventure awaits!
Delights and regrets!
All far from the girl I adore.

Through the long lonely days
when my eye wants to stray,
I'll stop and remember her charms.

Her smile warms my day.
Her eyes seem to say,
"I'll love you wherever you are."

And when this day is done,
I'll be home again, and she'll hold me close in her arms.