(Hoyt Axton/Ken Ramsey version)
Words & Music:
(arr: Hoyt Axton & Ken Ramsey (1950s))
The Kingston Trio's cover of this version is probably its most famous.
Em G Em G
Some people say I'm a no-count, others say I'm no good,
But I'm just a natural-born travelin' man,
Doin' what I think I should, oh yeah,
Doin' what I think I should.
G C G C
And I don't give a damn about a greenback dollar,
G C G
Spend it fast as I can,
C G C G C
For a wailin' song, and a good guitar,
The only thing that's I understand, Poor boy,
The only thing that I understand.
When I was a little babe, my mama said, "ey son,
Travel where you will, and grow to be a man,
And sing what must be sung, poor boy,
Sing what must be sung."
Now that I'm a grown man, I've travelled here and there,
I've learned that a bottle of brandy and a song,
The only ones who ever cared, poor boy,
The only ones who ever cared