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GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

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This is a holiday season-based JC re-lyric/re-groove of the rendition by Canned Heat, who were early blues enthusiasts. Their "Going Up the Country" was based upon "Bull Doze Blues", recorded in 1928 by Texas bluesman Henry Thomas. Thomas was from the songster tradition and had a unique sound, sometimes accompanying himself on quills an early Afro-American wind instrument similar to panpipes. He recorded "Bull Doze Blues" in Chicago on June 13, 1928, for Vocalion Records.

For "Going Up the Country", Canned Heat's Wilson used Thomas' melody on the quills and his basic rhythm, but arranged it for a rock setting and rewrote the lyrics. In addition to the bass and drum rhythm section, Henry Vestine supplied a "light electric rhythm guitar"and multi-instrumentalist Jim Horn reproduced Thomas' quill parts on the flute.

This version is rowdy with piano and accordion taking the lick, a la another earlier piano-based version by Johnny Miller in 1926.

This version was intended for the Annual Jingle Jam Concerts in Leesburg, Va., and any proceeds from this will, as well, go directly to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Lyrics

I’m going home for Christmas
Baby, don’t you wanna go?
I’m going home for Christmas
Baby, don’t you wanna to go?
I wanna stand with you baby right beneath that mistletoe

We're going, we're going where the kinfolk treat you kind
We're going where the kinfolk treat you kind
You can see for myself that down-home love so blind
Yeah

We're gonna leave the city – got to get away
We're gonna leave the city -got to get away
This bus gonna be one wondrous one horse sleigh

Well, we’re wrapping up the packages and heading out today, well…
You may be curious and be begging me “do pray tell”
But it’s a secret and I ain’t gonna say
But it’s fun and it’s done
You’re gonna get it on Christmas day

No use in complaining
That the season ain’t bright
Get back to your home, boy
Plug in and shine your light

I’m going home for Christmas
Home for Christmas
I’m going home for Christmas
Baby, don’t you wanna go?