I Come For To Sing

Lyrics: Gibson, Wright, Young
Music: Gibson, Wright, Young

Robert Hunter sang a fragment of this in a performance on 31 October 1998:

Some come to dance, and some come to play
Some merely come to pass time away
Some come to laugh, their voices do ring
But as for me, I come for to sing

Some of you like me, others do not
Some love to extol on what I ain't got
But I don't care, it don't mean a thing
I just keep coming, keep coming to sing
The song was popularised by Bob Gibson in the 1950s
Some come to dance, and some come to play
Some merely come to pass time away
Some come to laugh, their voices do ring
But as for me, well I come for to sing

Now some folks enjoy me, others do not
Some loudly proclaim about what I ain't got
But I don't mind, it don't mean a thing
I'll keep on coming, I come for to sing

Some come to dance, and some come to play
Some merely come to pass time away
Some come to laugh, their voices do ring
But as for me, I come for to sing
Bob Gibson sometimes joined this on to "There's A Meeting Here Tonight", and the two parts were recorded under that title by the Limeliters in the early 1960s.

A longer version was released in 2002 by Sailor's Dream (Tanya Brody, Lolly Foy and Patricia Irby) on their CD "Sailor's Prayer." The lyrics are credited to Bob Stuart.
Chorus
Some come to work, while others do play
Some come at evening to pass time away
Some come to laugh, their voices do ring
But as for me, I come for to sing

Some come in winter to ward off the chill
Some come in summer to drink of their fill
Some come in autumn, and others in spring
But when I come, I come for to sing

[chorus]

Some people have what others do not
And some like to tell me about what I ain't got
But I don't mind, it don't mean a thing
For when I come, I come for to sing

[chorus]

Some come to stay, while others must leave
Some come to laugh, while others still grieve
But one and all, we want the same thing
For when we come, we come for to sing

[chorus]
But as for me, I come for to sing
A further version, also credited to Bob Stuart, was released in 2004 by The Muses on their CD "Passing Time" (again with Tanya Brody)
Chorus
Some come to work, while others do play
Some come at evening to pass time away
Some come to laugh, their voices do ring
But as for me, I come for to sing

Some come in winter to ward off the chill
Some come in summer to drink of their fill
Some come in autumn, and others in spring
But when I come, I come for to sing

Some live right here, they come all the time
Some cross the oceans, they come from all climes
But come by land, and come I by wing
You know if I'm here, I came for to sing

[chorus]

Some come to stay, while others must leave
Some come to laugh, while others still grieve
But one and all, we want the same thing
For when we come, we come for to sing

[chorus]

Some people have while others have not
And some like to tell me about what I ain't got
But I don't mind, it don't mean a thing
For when I come, I come for to sing

[chorus]
But as for me, I come for to sing