Lyrics
There where no cuckoos, no sycamores
We played about the forest floor
Underneath the silver maples, the balsams and the sky
We popped the heads off of dandelions
Assuming roles from nursery rhymes
Rested on the riverbank
And grew up by and by
And grew up by and by

Frail my heart apart
And play me a little "Shady Grove"
Ring the bells of Rhymney
'Til they ring inside my head forever
Bounce the bow, rock the gallows
For the hangman's reel
And wake the devil from his dream

I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan

And if you were Willie Moore
And I was Barbara Allen
Or Fair Ellen all sad at the cabin door
A weepin' and a-pinin' for love
A weepin' and a-pinin' for love

Frail my heart apart
And play me a little "Shady Grove"
Ring the bells of Rhymney
'Til they ring inside my head forever
Bounce the bow, rock the gallows
For the hangman's reel
And wake the devil from his dream

I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan

I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan

I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan, oh
I'm going back to Harlan

Copyright: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Writer(s): Anna Mcgarrigle




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Emmylou Harris - Back to Harlan - live (rare!!)
Going Back to Harlan (Live)
Goin' Back to Harlan
Emmylou Harris - "Goin' Back To Harlan" Live @ Royce Hall, Los Angeles 10.4.18
Emmylou Harris 9-1-12: Goin' Back To Harlan
goin' back to harlan (by Emmylou Harris w/The Daniel Lanois Band live in London in '95)
Emmylou Harris & Spyboy Live in Zürich - 1997 (full concert, audio only)
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