Find the Girl
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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I had wondered, I was told
There's no use to search for gold
Get you some land you can call your own
Find the girl that you left back home

Woke in the morning and I heard the sound
Of rain that was giving it's life to the ground
Breathe in the air fresh and clear
Thank the lord for having you near

I had wondered, I was told
There's no use to search for gold
Get you some land you can call your own
Find the girl that you left back home

I walked toward the hill where the sun was to rise
The joy of the land I could see with my eyes
My heart it is filled with a love that is true
These hands darling are working for you

I had wondered, I was told
There's no use to search for gold
Get you some land you can call your own
Find the girl that you left back home

Betsy I'm coming I hear you now
There's trees to be cleared and fields to be ploughed
Through all the years grateful we will be
For a home that is ours and a land that is free

I had wondered, I was told
There's no use to search for gold
Get you some land you can call your own



Find the girl that you left back home
Find the girl that you left back home

Overall Meaning

Jimmie Rodgers’s “Find the Girl” is a tender love song that evokes feelings of nostalgia and longing for home. The song is about finding true happiness and contentment by returning to one’s roots and building a life with the person you love. The singer encourages listeners to abandon their pursuit of material wealth and instead focus on creating a homestead and a family, acknowledging that these are the things that will ultimately bring the most joy and fulfillment.


The song is particularly significant because it was released in the early 1930s, during the Great Depression, when many Americans were struggling to make ends meet and the harsh realities of economic hardship were setting in. “Find the Girl” provided a glimmer of hope and offered a vision of a better life that was attainable even in difficult times.


The opening verse of the song establishes the theme of forsaking material gain and returning to one’s roots. The singer acknowledges that he too was tempted by the allure of gold, but has now come to understand that true happiness lies in owning land and finding a life partner. The second verse describes the singer’s appreciation for the simple pleasures of life, such as the smell of rain and the fresh air. He acknowledges his gratitude for having someone to share these moments with – the girl he left back home. The third verse continues this sentiment, describing the singer’s love for the land, which he is working hard to prepare for the girl he loves. The final verse expresses the singer’s excitement for the life that he and his partner will build together, expressed figuratively through the clearing of trees and plowing of fields.


Overall, “Find the Girl” is a beautiful and nostalgic ode to a simpler, more fulfilling way of life.


Line by Line Meaning

I had wondered, I was told
Despite having uncertainty, I heard from others that searching for gold is pointless.


There's no use to search for gold
Gold is not necessary to find fulfillment in life.


Get you some land you can call your own
Owning land can provide a sense of stability and purpose.


Find the girl that you left back home
Reuniting with loved ones is important for a fulfilling life.


Woke in the morning and I heard the sound
I woke up to the sound of life-giving rain.


Of rain that was giving it's life to the ground
The rain is vital for nourishing the Earth and helping things grow.


Breathe in the air fresh and clear
The clean air is something to appreciate and be grateful for.


Thank the lord for having you near
Expressing gratitude for the presence of a loved one brings happiness.


I walked toward the hill where the sun was to rise
I walked towards natural beauty and the promise of a new day.


The joy of the land I could see with my eyes
The landscape brings happiness and satisfaction.


My heart it is filled with a love that is true
My heart is full of genuine love for my significant other.


These hands darling are working for you
I work to make a better life for my loved one.


Betsy I'm coming I hear you now
I am on my way to be with my partner and I hear her calling.


There's trees to be cleared and fields to be ploughed
There is work to be done to create a stable life together.


Through all the years grateful we will be
Throughout our lives, we will appreciate what we have together.


For a home that is ours and a land that is free
We have a home and land that we can call our own.




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Comments from YouTube:

sunholme213

Recorded in Louisville with the Louisville Jug Band! June 16, 1931. What a great rendition!!

The Fixologist

Hard to believe the great Jimmie Rodgers recorded right here in my hometown.

Tj Gibson

He started it all.

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