I Know Where I'm Going (song)

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"I Know Where I'm Going" is a traditional Scottish or Irish ballad about a woman pining for her "bonnie" lover Johnny.[1] It is Roud number 5701. It was recorded by Burl Ives on 31 March 1941[2] for his debut album Okeh Presents the Wayfaring Stranger. It has also been recorded by Kathleen Ferrier, Odetta, The Weavers, The Clancy Brothers, Judy Collins, Barbara Dane, The Highwaymen, The New Christy Minstrels, Harry Belafonte, Carolyn Hester, and English singer Laura Wright.[3] The tune has also been used for a hymn or spiritual song, "I Know Why There's Music in the Quiet Summer Morning."

The Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) got its title from this song at the suggestion of Powell's wife Frankie Reidy, and the song was orchestrated and used in the film.[4]

This folk song should not be confused with other songs that have the same title and are sung by The Judds, Jay Linden, Michel'le, Ann Zimmerman, etc.[3]


  1. ^ Digital Tradition Folk Music Database: link
  2. ^ Naxos: link
  3. ^ a b iTunes Music Store
  4. ^ Powell, Michael (1986). A Life in Movies. London: Heinemann. p. 459-460. ISBN 0-434-59945-X.