Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?

Originally Performed ByHughie Cannon
Music/LyricsHughie Cannon
VocalsDr. Jack McConnell
Phish Debut1993-07-28
Last Played2010-10-15
Current Gap326
HistorianEllis Godard (lemuria)
Last Update2014-01-21


Hughie Cannon wrote “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” in 1902, but the song was popularized by Lloyd Price (on 1952’s "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"), Louis ArmstrongBobby Darin (reaching #19 in 1960), Sarah Vaughan (on 1963’s Sassy Swings the Tivoli), and Carol Channing. The title character is a railroad workman, and the song tells the story of a woman weeping for having kicked her hubby out. Originally a mix of big band and blues, most modern versions are barbershop or boogie-woogie. Phish has performed the song (in the latter format) six times, all with Page’s father on lead vocals and all but one on southern swings near the McConnell home (the 6/20/04 performance at SPAC being the lone exception).

"Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" 10/15/10 North Charleston, SC (with Dr. Jack McConnell)

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