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Thread #162780   Message #3880541
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
05-Oct-17 - 06:58 PM
Thread Name: Folksongs about journeys/travel
Subject: RE: Folksongs about journeys/travel
During the late 1930?s several states, including California, passed laws and posted signs at Ports of Entry stating ?No More Migration. 'There were armed guards used to enforce the law and turn away migrants. The typical remark was ?Just keep on moving.?'Sis Cunningham took this a step further in this song by asking ?How can you keep on moving, unless you migrate too??

How Can You Keep On Moving?

How can you keep on moving unless you migrate too?
They tell ya to keep on moving but migrate, you must not do
The only reason for moving and the reason why I roam
To move to a new location and find myself a home

I can't go back to the homestead, the shack no longer stands
They said I was unneeded, had no claim to the land
They said, "Come on, get moving, it's the only thing for you"
But how can you keep moving unless you migrate too?

Now if you pitch your little tent along the broad highway
The board of sanitation says, "Sorry, you can't stay"
"Come on, come on, get moving," it's their everlasting cry
Can't stay, can't go back, can't migrate, so where the hell am I?

How can you keep on moving unless you migrate too?
They tell ya to keep on moving but migrate, you must not do
The only reason for moving and the reason why I roam
To move to a new location and find myself a home