The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Texas
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Far away on a hill
Thou a sunny mountain side
Many years ago we parted
My little Ruth and I
From the sunny mountain side

Hey girls, stop that noise!
Yonder comes a strange car up our road
Lord, it may be the revenue-officer
It has a Texas license
Oh, that’s Jimmie Rodgers!
Hey – hey howdy Folks
Dee – yodel – ay – hee – hee
Ha – ha, so this is Virginia?
Yes Sir, mighty glad to see you, Jimmie!
Get out and come right in!
You are the first cowboy we’ve
Seen in a long time he – he, is that so?
Boy it’s a long way from here to Texas
Man – Man, i didn’t know it’s such a
Drive from Texas to Virginia
Well, I’m here anyhow
Gee! I’ve been wanting to see you, Folks
For a long time
How about a little drink, Jimmie?
Ha – ha, Boy that sounds good to me
Dee – yodel – ay – hee – hee
Man – Man, come and go get
The old boy a little squirt, will you?
Girls, you all play him a little tune
Make him feel like he’s at home
While he’s at Maces Springs

My little Darling, oh how I love you
How I love you, none can tell




In your heart you love another
Little Darling, pal of mine

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song "The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Texas" tell the story of a reunion between Jimmie Rodgers and his friends, the Carter Family. The song begins by describing a hillside where Jimmie and his beloved Ruth had parted ways many years ago. It then transitions to a scene where the Carter Family hears a strange car approaching their home, speculating that it may be a revenue officer. To their delight, they realize it's Jimmie Rodgers, who has traveled all the way from Texas to visit them in Virginia. The song captures the excitement and warm welcome they extend to Jimmie, offering him refreshments and asking the girls to play a tune for him. Amidst the joyful atmosphere, Jimmie expresses his love for Ruth, acknowledging that her heart belongs to another but still considers her a cherished friend.


Line by Line Meaning

Far away on a hill
In a distant location, on top of a elevated landform


Thou a sunny mountain side
While situated on a cheerful, sunlit side of a mountain


Many years ago we parted
A significant number of years have passed since we separated


My little Ruth and I
My dear Ruth and I


From the sunny mountain side
Departing from the cheerful, sunlit side of the mountain


Hey girls, stop that noise!
Attention, young ladies, cease that commotion!


Yonder comes a strange car up our road
Over there, an unfamiliar automobile is approaching our street


Lord, it may be the revenue-officer
Goodness, it could possibly be the tax collector


It has a Texas license
Indicating that it possesses a license from the state of Texas


Oh, that’s Jimmie Rodgers!
Oh, that must be Jimmie Rodgers!


Hey – hey howdy Folks
Greetings, hello everyone


Dee – yodel – ay – hee – hee
Exclaiming joyfully and melodically


Ha – ha, so this is Virginia?
Expressing amusement, is this really Virginia?


Yes Sir, mighty glad to see you, Jimmie!
Certainly, extremely pleased to encounter you, Jimmie!


Get out and come right in!
Exit the car and enter immediately!


You are the first cowboy we’ve
You are the initial cowboy we have


Seen in a long time he – he, is that so?
Observed for a significant period, is that indeed the case?


Boy it’s a long way from here to Texas
My goodness, it is quite a lengthy journey from this place to Texas


Man – Man, i didn’t know it’s such a
Wow, I wasn't aware that it is such a


Drive from Texas to Virginia
Distance to drive from Texas to Virginia


Well, I’m here anyhow
Well, regardless, I have arrived here


Gee! I’ve been wanting to see you, Folks
Golly! I have been desiring to meet you all


For a long time
For a substantial duration


How about a little drink, Jimmie?
What do you say to a small beverage, Jimmie?


Ha – ha, Boy that sounds good to me
Expressing amusement, that certainly appeals to me


Dee – yodel – ay – hee – hee
Exclaiming joyfully and melodically


Man – Man, come and go get
Wow, come on and fetch


The old boy a little squirt, will you?
Retrieve a small quantity of alcohol for the gentleman, won't you?


Girls, you all play him a little tune
Ladies, perform a brief melody for him


Make him feel like he’s at home
Ensure he experiences a sense of belonging


While he’s at Maces Springs
During his visit to Maces Springs


My little Darling, oh how I love you
My dear beloved, oh how my love for you is immense


How I love you, none can tell
Indescribable is the depth of my love for you


In your heart you love another
However, in your heart, you have affection for someone else


Little Darling, pal of mine
Darling, my dear companion




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floydy opz

I love the record where Jimmie visits the Carter Family, so discovering this one was a real treat, thanks!

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