Seeing Nellie Home

"Seeing Nellie Home" was an original American song written by Patrick S. Gilmore the 'Greatest American Bandleader'.[1] first published in the 1850s under the name "When I Saw Sweet Nellie Home."[2] It was composed and arranged by John Fletcher. Frances Kyle is said to have written the lyrics. In subsequent versions of this song, the lyrics have been changed somewhat.[3] Sometimes the song has been referred to as "Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party."

A Civil War song, "Mother, I Am Going," was sung to the tune of "Seeing Nellie Home."

Performances and other versionsEdit


  1. ^ "Patrick Gilmore | AmericansAll".
  2. ^ "Historic American Sheet Music / Digital Collections / Duke Digital Repository".
  3. ^ "Tune Req: Seeing Nellie Home / When I Saw".