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Thread #80912   Message #92974
Posted By: Tiger
06-Jul-99 - 07:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Wandering (Early and Late)
Subject: ADD Version: Wanderin'
From Dave Van Ronk Recording (great!), plus Sandburg's American Songbag. Sandburg credits first 3 stanzas to Arthur Sutherland of Rochester, NY, last 2 stanzas to Hubert Canfield of Pittsford, NY. Slightly more than what's in the DT.

........Tiger

Wanderin' - as performed by Dave Van Ronk

My daddy is an engineer,
My brother drives a hack,
My sister takes in washin'
An' the baby balls the jack,
An' it looks like
I'm never gonna cease my wanderin'.

I've been a-wanderin',
Early and late,
New York City
To the Golden Gate,
An' it looks like
I'm never gonna cease my wanderin'.

Been a-workin' in the army,
Workin' on a farm,
And all I got to show for it
Is the muscle in my arm,
An' it looks like
I'm never gonna cease my wanderin'.

There's snakes on the mountain,
And eels in the sea,
'Twas a red-headed woman
Made a fool out of me,
And it looks like
I'm never gonna cease my wanderin'.

Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust,
If whiskey don't get you,
Then the women must,
And it looks like
I'm never gonna cease my wanderin'.

C