I Ain't Got Time to Tarry
"I Ain't Got Time to Tarry", also known as "The Land of Freedom", is an American song written by blackface minstrel composer Dan Emmett. It premiered in a minstrel show performance by Bryant's Minstrels in late November 1858. The song was published in New York City in 1859.
- For I'se gwine home to Dinah,
- Yes, I am gwine home.
- Den I ain't got time to tarry, I ain't got time to dwell,
- I'm bound to de land of freedom, oh, niggars! fare you well.
Emmett's later "I'm Going Home to Dixie" reuses the tune to "I Ain't Got Time to Tarry".
- Bryant's Power of Music, New York, 1859. Quoted in Nathan 354.
- Emmett's authorship of "Dixie" is contested; see "Dixie" (song).
- Nathan, Hans (1962). Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.