I’m Comin’ Virginia

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PROFILE
Composer Donald Heywood
Lyricist Will Marion Cook
Year Written 1926
About I’m Comin’ Virginia
“I’m Comin’ Virginia” was recorded by many of the great jazz performers: Bix Beiderbecke, Bunny Berigan, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and Ruby Braff. Alec Wilder in American Popular Song that it is “.. an unusual and a very good song.”

Lyrics

Stop the traffic to Dixie
Hold it right on the line
Don’t want nothing come betwixt me
And that old home of mine

I’m so tired and so lonely
Every hour seems a day
For there’s one and one only
Understands what I say

I’m comin’,
I’m comin’ Virginia,
I’m comin’ to stay;
Don’t hold it agin me
For runnin’ away.

I’ve tried to forget you
But found I was wrong;
‘Neath your bright southern moon
Once more I’ll croon
An old familiar tune.

And if I can win ya,
I’ll never more roam;
I’m comin’ Virginia,
My Dixieland home.

Been a year since you seen me,
That’s an awfully long time!
Don’t want nothin’ inbetween me
And that old home of mine.

I’m so tired and so lonely,
Every hour seems a day,
For there’s one and just one only
Understands when I say;

I’m comin’ Virginia,
I’m comin’ to stay;
Dont hold it agin me
For runnin’ away.

I’ve tried to forget you
But found I was wrong, all wrong;
‘Neath your bright southern moon
Once more I’ll croon
An old familiar tune.

And if I can win ya,
I’ll never more roam;
I’m comin’ Virginia,
My Dixieland home.

I’m comin’,
I’m comin’ Virginia,
My Dixieland home.

Session / Album Information

1961

I’m Comin’ Virginia was recorded on April 4, 1961 and released in 1961 on the album My Heart Sings. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8458 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1658 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7495 — My Heart Sings (UK)
  • 1961: Columbia 45: 4-42003
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5245 — My Heart Sings [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #20 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK20) My Heart Sings

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