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Barnswallow Lyrics

This is the first time I’ve printed lyrics out. They seem weird all alone like this without the music to give them a context. I’m no poet, and it sure shows when the words are exposed like this. So try and be patient with them (and me) and remember I think they make more sense when they’re encased in music.

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Nowhere ... Fast / My Wife Left Me / Motorcycle Blues / Badger / Groundhog Day Blues /
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Henry Goes to the Bank / True Friends / Jesus is a Hobo

“Nowhere … Fast” started out as a serious attempt to write a song about a friend of mine and turned into a scramble that was twice as long as this version. Now it’s a jumble and seems to make less sense, but at least it doesn’t last so long.

nowhere fast

Nowhere … Fast
I left my dear old parents / and started out on the road
Just like Ramblin’ Robin / and the tramps who went before
I caught a freight for the west / just outside of my hometown
With a backpack and a bedroll / and swore I’d never hop back down
Anywhere but here, anywhere but here
Baptized out on the road
Anywhere but here
When I made to jump off the train / my legs were numb and stiff
They buckled when I hit the ground / and I lit down in a ditch
I hung out with some rough folks / we went in on a scam
But the blame was mine when the cops came / and the jailhouse my new home
Anywhere but here, anywhere but here
Baptized out on the road
Anywhere but here
I got out in the winter / got told to leave Colorado Springs
With a thin coat and broken boots / I headed north on up the range
Bummin’ around Montana / I thumbed all the way to Missou
Got drunk down by the Top Hat / they said I’d better push on through
Anywhere but here, anywhere but here
Baptized out on the road
Anywhere but here
This ain’t the life I want / I’m telling you the truth
Gonna get my things together / and get on back to Duluth
Anywhere but here, anywhere but here
Baptized out on the road
Anywhere but here