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Thread #27092   Message #3858010
Posted By: Joe Offer
31-May-17 - 03:04 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Hard Travelin'/Travellin' (Woody Guthrie)
Subject: Origins: Hard Travellin'/Travelin' (Woody Guthrie)
Here is the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:

Hard Traveling

DESCRIPTION: "I been doin' some hard travelin', I thought you knowed." The singer describes the hard times he's met on his travels: "Workin' in a hard rock tunnel," "Workin' that Pittsburgh steel," facing the lonely task of following Highway 66
AUTHOR: Woody Guthrie
EARLIEST DATE: 1940 (recording, Woody Guthrie & Almanac Singers)
KEYWORDS: work nonballad loneliness hardtimes rambling train prison farming work worker hobo
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Lomax-FSNA 226, "Hard Travellin'" (1 text, 1 tune)
PSeeger-AFB, p. 89, "Hard Traveling" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 59, "Hard Traveling" (1 text)
DT, HARDTRAV*

Roud #13926
RECORDINGS:
Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston & Sonny Terry [Saunders Terrell], "Hard Traveling" (on WoodyFolk)
Pete Seeger, "Hard Travelling" (on PeteSeeger18)

File: LoF226

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HARD TRAVELIN' (Digital Tradition lyrics)
(Woody Guthrie)

I been a-havin'some hard travelin',
I thought you knowed.
I been a-havin'some hard travelin',
Way down the road.
I been a-havin'some hard travelin',
Hard ramblin', hard gamblin',
I been a-havin'some hard travelin', Lord.

I been a-workin' in a hard rock tunnel,
I thought you knowed;
I been a-leanin'on a pressure drill,
Way down the road.
Hammer flyin', air hose suckin',
Six feet of mud, I sure been a-muckin',
I been a-havin' some hard travelin', Lord.

I been a-workin' that Fittsburgh steel,
I thought you knowed;
I been a-workin' that red-hot slag,
Way down the road.
I been a-blastin', I been a-firin',
I been a-duckin' red-hot iron,
I been a-havin' some hard travelin', Lord.

I been hittin' some hard harvestin',
I thought you knowed;
I been hittin' some rough handlin',
Way down the road;
Cut that wheat and stack that hay,
Tryin' to make about a dollar a day,
I been a-havin' some hard travelin', Lord.

I been a-hittin' that Lincoln Highway,
I thought you knowed;
I been a-hittin' that sixty-six,
Way down the road;
Heavy load and a worried mind,
Lookin' for a woman that's hard to find,
I been a-havin' some hard travelin', Lord.

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