Song Lyric Sunday: Roy Acuff, “Just To Ease My Worried Mind”

Jim got this week’s prompt from Fandango: "Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry." The first thing I thought of was the line "ease my worried mind" that pops up in a lot of blues songs. When I went looking, the first thing DuckDuckGo suggested was a song by Roy Acuff called "Just To Ease My Worried Mind," and I knew I had a winner. Roy was a singer, fiddler, bandleader, and music publisher who wrote and recorded this some time between 1936 and 1949, because it was on the 1992 album The Essential Roy Acuff (1936-1949).

The lyrics, via SongLyrics.com:

Don’t you hear that whistle blowing
Can’t you hear that lonesome whine
Going to catch her at the crossing
Just to ease my worried mind

I’ve seen all of your big cities
From New Mexico to Maine
But none of them’s like old Dixie
So I’m headed back again

Don’t you hear that whistle blowing
Can’t you hear that lonesome whine
Going to catch her at the crossing
Just to ease my worried mind

I’ve traveled this whole world over
It’s the sunny south for me
Down among them fields of cotton
That’s where I long to be

Don’t you hear that whistle blowing
Can’t you hear that lonesome whine
Going to catch her at the crossing
Just to ease my worried mind

And now I’ve told my story
And so I’m Dixie bound
To live down there forever
And never more roam around

Don’t you hear that whistle blowing
Can’t you hear that lonesome whine
Going to catch her at the crossing
Just to ease my worried mind

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for January 9, 2022.

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Roy Acuff, “Just To Ease My Worried Mind”

  1. Roy Acuff was a legend in early country music. I am not familiar with this song, but the sound takes me back to another place and time.

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  2. I knew Roy Acuff was a music publisher, but I didn’t know that he was an artist also. The Everly Brothers were blacklisted by Acuff-Rose and that led to their demise.

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