Going Down South
The Black Keys Lyrics


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I'm going down south, I'm going down south
Going down south, I'm going down south
Chilly wind don't blow

I'm going with you babe, I'm going with you babe
Going with you babe, I'm going with you babe
Don't care where you go
Some other man, some other man
Some other man, some other man
He's always hanging around

I'd rather be dead, rather be dead
Rather be dead, I'd rather be dead
Six feet in the ground

I'm going down south, going down south




Going down south, I'm going down south
Chilly wind don't blow

Overall Meaning

In The Black Keys’ song “Going Down South”, the singer is clearly determined to take a trip down south as he iterates that he is “going down south” a number of times in the lyrics. He repeats his intentions with the hope that the “chilly wind” does not get in the way of his travel plans. The lyrics suggest a relationship with a woman as he indicates that he is “going with you babe”. He seems to be obsessed with her and does not care where she goes. He is fixated on being with her to the point that he could care less about the destination of their journey.


However, the third verse suggests that there may be some competition for his romantic interests as he laments that there is some other man who is always “hanging around”. The fourth verse has him stating that he would “rather be dead” than have this other man take his place. This seems to be directed at the woman, indicating that he would rather die than be without her. The chorus repeats the first verses as he reiterates his plans to go down south, not letting anything or anyone deter him.


The song seems to be a representation of the singer's desperation to hold onto the woman he loves regardless of the obstacles he faces. The repetition of the chorus adds an emphasis of the desire and intensity of his emotions. The lyrics have a dark tone, with the implication of death, suggesting that the singer’s love is all-encompassing and irrational.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm going down south, I'm going down south
I'm heading towards the southern part of the country


Going down south, I'm going down south
I'm going far from here towards the south


Chilly wind don't blow
I don't want to face cold weather


I'm going with you babe, I'm going with you babe
I'm leaving with you, my beloved


Going with you babe, I'm going with you babe
I'll go wherever you go, my dear


Don't care where you go
It doesn't matter where we go, as long as we're together


Some other man, some other man
There's a man who keeps bothering me


Some other man, some other man
He's always around, getting in the way


He's always hanging around
He won't leave me alone


I'd rather be dead, rather be dead
I'd rather die than be with him


Rather be dead, I'd rather be dead
I can't stand him anymore


Six feet in the ground
I'd rather be buried underground than be with that man


I'm going down south, going down south
I'm moving towards the southern part of the country


Going down south, I'm going down south
I'm traveling far down to the south


Chilly wind don't blow
I don't want to face the cold weather




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management
Written by: Robert Lee Burnside

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RocknRolla

Glad the Black Keys are making music for people who appreciate it, not for the masses. This is exactly the type of music that is needed right now.

ProSimex84

I mean, their music has been in more commercials than anyone else, but it's just that good. A musician has to eat.

Mikal04

still popular af

Marcus Lyon

Shame I can only like this comment once!!!

Cody Cooper

the real will always outlive the pop radio trendy bullshit. Real always lasts, real always has that staying power...god bless real music, no matter the genre! if it's REAL, you'll feel it..

Joshua Caballero

It needed to be said

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J D

How cool they have RL Burnside's guitarist (Kenny Brown) and Junior Kimbrough's bassist (Eric Deaton) in these sessions. Amazing!

Cvillain

When I found out the Black Keys got started on Fat Possum records (RL Burnside's label) suddenly everything made sense

cryptodaseine

Thanks for the info , man

Bradford Eclectic

That was excellent; a real treat to hear for the first time.

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