RAMBLING BOY

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RAMBLING BOY
Thomas Paxton is a well-known American folk singer and singersongwriter who has
been writing, performing and recording music for over forty years. Pete Seeger picked up
on a few of Tom’s songs in 1963, including “Ramblin’ Boy” (which Seeger performed at
The Weavers reunion concert at Carnegie Hall) and “What Did You Learn in School
Today?” Meanwhile, Tom had increased his profile as a performer, appearing at the 1963
Newport Folk Festival, which was recorded by Vanguard Records. Of the songwriters on
the Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s, Dave Van Ronk said, “Dylan is usually cited as
the founder of the new song movement, and he certainly became its most visible
standard-bearer, but the person who started the whole thing was Tom Paxton… he tested
his songs in the crucible of live performance, he found that his own stuff was getting
more attention than when he was singing traditional songs or stuff by other people… he
set himself a training regimen of deliberately writing one song every day.
He was a pal and a friend always
We rambled round in the hard ol’ days
He never cared if I had no dough
We rambled round in the rain and snow
So here’s to you my ramblin’ boy
May all your rambles bring you joy
So here’s to you my ramblin’ boy
May all your rambles bring you joy
In Tulsa town we chanced to stray
We thought we’d try to work one day
The boss says he had room for one
Says my old pal, “We’d rather bum”
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Late one night in a jungle camp
The weather was cold and it was damp
He got the chills, and he got them bad
They took the only friend I ever had
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He left me here to ramble on
My ramblin’ pal is dead and gone
If when we die we go somewhere
I’ll bet you a dollar he’s ramblin’ there
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