GOTTA TRAVEL ON

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GOTTA TRAVEL ON
Authored by the Weavers and Paul Clayton “Gotta Travel On” has very old traditional
roots. Originally taken from the W C Handy song “Harlem Blues”, new lyrics were then
written by Clayton. The Weavers were a group who resurrected a lot of traditional songs;
but this one sounds like it was composed, and not subjected to the Folk Process.
Done laid around and played around this old town too long
Summer’s almost gone and winter’s coming on
Done laid around and stayed around this old town too long
And I feel like I want to travel on
The chilly wind will soon begin and I’ll be on my way
Gone a lonesome day, gone a lonesome day
The chilly wind will soon begin and I’ll be on my way
And I feel like I want to travel on
There’s a lonesome freight at six oh eight, coming through the
town
I’ll be homeward bound, I’ll be homeward bound
A lonesome freight at six oh eight, coming through this town
And I feel like I want to travel on