The Songs He Sang
The Rambler: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
Riley PuckettAppears on:
Come and gather all around me Listen to my tale of woe Got some good advice to give you Lotta things you oughta know Take a tip from one who's travelled And never stopped a-ramblin' round 'Cause once you get the roamin' fever Why you never want to settle down You never want to settle down I met a little gal in Frisco And I asked her to be my wife I told her I was tired of roamin' Goin' to settle down for life Then I heard the whistle blowin' And I knew it was the Red Ball Train And I left that gal beside the railroad And I never saw that gal again I never saw that gal again Well I travelled all over the country I travelled everywhere I been on every branch line railroad And I never paid a nickel fare I been from Maine to Califor'ny And from Canada to Mexico And I never tried to save no money And now I got no place to go And now I got no place to go Listen to a boomer's story Pay attention to what I say Well, I hear another train a-comin' And I guess I'll be on my way If you want to do me a favor When I lay me down and die Just dig my grave beside the railroad So I can hear the trains go by So I can hear the trains go by
I really like this song, a tale of regret but no remorse. The boomer knows he's made some mistakes and some foolish decisions, and is old, broke, and at the mercy of his transitory friends, yet somehow does not want to stop rambling.