GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD

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GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD
“Going Down the Road Feeling Bad” was frequently recorded in the 1920s and 1930s by
hillbilly artists such as Henry Whitter, Ernest Stoneman, and Fiddlin’ John Carson. While
the earliest commercial release dates only to 1923, these numerous recordings suggest
currency in the oral tradition. Floating lyrics common to the song appear in other
folksongs. Big Bill Broonzy also included it in his repertoire, and the song may have
roots in the African-American tradition. So it is likely that this is a real migration song of
the “Okies” derived from material common to both black and white balladeers in the
South and the Southwest.”
Going down the road feeling bad
Going down the road feeling bad
Going down the road feeling bad, hey hey hey, yeah
Don’t wanna be treated this a way
Going where the climate suits my clothes
I’m going where the climate suits my clothes
Going where the climate suits my clothes
Don’t wanna be treated this a way
[chorus]
Going where the water tastes like wine
Well I’m going where the water tastes like wine
Going where the water tastes like wine
I don’t wanna be treated this a way