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Blue Ridge! I'm Coming Back to You

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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General Info

Year: 1917
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: T.B. Harms
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

In this wartime song, a man responds to the call of his flag and nostalgically bids farewell to his mountain home, his family and bride-to-be. Sousa told of composing it for use at a New York Hippodrome concert given for the benefit of the Women's Auxiliary Naval Recruiting Station. The song was used under three other titles. He wrote a second set of words, and this version was published as Great Lakes or The Boys in Navy Blue. Also, most of the music was incorporated into a march, The Naval Reserve (1917).

- Program Note from John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Kevin Bennear, baritone) - 8 January 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 88.
  • Sousa, J. (1917). Blue Ridge! I'm Coming Back to You [score]. T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter: New York.
  • Words and piano score. Brown University Digital Repository Accessed 2 January 2017