Going To Germany

1929 Gus Cannon sang “I’m going to Germany” – I was amused to find this title because actually many refugees from Africa, Arabia and East Europe arrive in Germany.

My daily guitar lesson: after each verse I used my old time metal Dobro guitar tuned to open G – read the discussion about the meaning of this title at http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=14622
interesting discussion there, for example:
one source says the song “High Germany” (which was printed on a broadside circa 1780) refers to the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). The Seven Years’ War was fought between a coalition of Austria, France, Russia, Sweden and Saxony and Prussia (led by Frederick the Great). If your tune has similar dates that may be the Germany meant.
I always assumed that the song was “I’m goin’ to German'” and the “y” was simply dropped, just like the “g” in going.
Gus Cannon’s song is definitely titled “Going to Germany”. I always assumed the “y” had just been dropped. I also assumed the song was originally written during World War I and they just continued singing it in the 20’s.
German is a town near Memphis that probably has/had a prison. The prison connection makes sense if you listen to the words. A quick check on Mapquest shows a place called Germantown close to Memphis.
guys!! it simply means .. that the woman is going to face menopause! it’s their way of saying it out.

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8 responses to “Going To Germany

  1. Interesting to read the interpretation of the song.

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  2. Number 5, no comment!


  3. Before that, many refugees from Europe, want to America… In 20th century, italiens were refugees in America, Belgium , France… Now that’s from africa, asia. And maybe one day, our children will have to be a refugee. I can’t forget that because my on family had to lave his city in 1870…:-S

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