Going To Boston polka

Also known as Goin’ To Boston, Good-bye Girls, Good-bye Girls I’m Going To Boston, Goodbye Girls, Goodbye Girls I’m Going To Boston, Off To Boston.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Going To Boston has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Going To Boston
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: e | Ac e>e | ff dB | Bc dc/d/ | ee cA |
Ac e>e | ff dB | ee d/c/B | A2 A :|
|: e | aa/a/ ab | a2 ef | gg/g/ ga | g2 e2 |
aa/a/ ab | a2 ef | ge dB | A3 :|
X: 2
T: Going To Boston
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D/D/F AA | B>B GE | E/E/F GG | A>A FD |
D/D/F AA | B>B GE | AA GE | D2 D2 :|
"Chorus"d/d/d d/d/e/e/ | d2 A2 | =c/c/c c/c/d/d/ | =c2 A2 |
d/d/d d/d/e/e/ | d2 A2 | =cA GE | D2 D2 |]

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Going To Boston

A tune that is played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK).

American old-timey. Also the melody of a song.

X: 2 ~ “Goodbye girls, I’m goin’ to Boston” ~ Jean Ritchie

Goodbye girls, I’m goin’ to Boston,
Goodbye girls, I’m goin’ to Boston,
Goodbye girls, I’m goin’ to Boston,
Ear-lye in the morning.

Saddle up girls and let’s go with ‘em,
Saddle up girls and let’s go with ‘em,
Saddle up girls and let’s go with ‘em,
Ear-lye in the morning.

Out of the way, you’ll get run over,
Out of the way, you’ll get run over,
Out of the way, you’ll get run over,
Ear-lye in the morning.

Rights and lefts will make it better,
Rights and lefts will make it better,
Rights and lefts will make it better,
Ear-lye in the morning.

Swing your partner all the way to Boston,
Swing your partner all the way to Boston,
Swing your partner all the way to Boston,
Ear-lye in the morning.

Won’t we look pretty in the ballroom,
Won’t we look pretty in the ballroom,
Won’t we look pretty in the ballroom,
Ear-lye in the morning.

Johnny, Johnny, gonna tell your pappy,
Johnny, Johnny, gonna tell your pappy,
Johnny, Johnny, gonna tell your pappy,
Ear-lye in the morning.

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There are several different versions of this, words and dance, and take on the meldoy, as one verse example:

Hand over hand just a little bit faster,
Hand over hand just a little bit faster,
Hand over hand just a little bit faster,
Ear-lye in the morning.

“Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians as Sung by Jean Ritchie”

edited by Jean Ritchie - page 19

"Many of the play-party games were simple, with the main object the choosing or trading of partners, or kissing, or tug-o-war; others had really complicated figures which looked for all the world like the forbidden set-dance steps (but of course they weren’t, there being no fiddle nor any other stringed instrument of the Devil), and consequently were much more fun to do. "Boston" is at the top of every ‘playpatners’ list, having one of the finest tunes combined with the best of the running-set figures. I have always wondered, but haven’t yet found anyone who can tell me for sure, whether the "Boston" in the song refers to the city in Massachusetts or the little town of Boston in England."

Now I know!

Neat tune! I’d like to learn it and then introduce it to the old-time jam I always attend while visiting my home town in the states (every year in May and June).
Plus, now I know from where the all-gal old-time band, The Goodbye Girls, most likely got their name! They’re based in Boston and hail from the U.S., Canada and Sweden. They did a tour in Sweden, and one of their concerts was held in my neck of the woods - at Umefolk folk music festival held in Umeå, Sweden.

http://www.thegoodbyegirlsmusic.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahJT2aepzOE