Cisco Houston Hard Traveling cover

Hard Traveling
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Released
Apr 19, 1994
Genre
Singer/Songwriter

Hard Traveling Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
I've been doin' some hard travelin'
I thought you knowed
I've been doin' some hard ramblin'
way down the road
Hard travelin' hard ramblin'
hard drinkin' hard gamblin'
I've been doin' some hard travelin' Lord
Verse 2
I've been doin' some hard rock minin'
I thought you knowed
I've been leanin' on a pressure drill
way down the road
Well the hammer flying
and the air hose suckin'
And six feet of mud,
I sure been muckin'
I've been doin' some hard travelin' Lord
Verse 3
I've been workin' that Pittsburgh steel
I thought you knowed
I've been pourin' that red-hot slag
way down the road
I been blastin'
I've been firin'
I've been pourin'
red-hot iron
I've been doin' some hard travelin' Lord
Verse 4
I've been layin' in a hard rock jail
I thought you knowed
I've been layin' out ninety days
way down the road
The darned old judge he said to me
it's ninety days for vagrancy
And I've been doin' some hard travelin' Lord
Verse 5
I've been walkin' that Lincoln highway
I thought you knowed
And I've been hittin' that sixty six
way down the road
Got a heavy load
got a worried mind
I'm a' lookin' for a woman
that's hard to find
And I've been doin' some hard travelin' Lord
Verse 6
I've been doin' some hard travelin'
I've been havin' some hard ramblin'
I've been doin' some hard traveling
I've been doin' some hard travelin' Lord
Verse 7
(The following two verses are not included in the performance on the CD Best of Vanguard Years. But are on Folkways)
Verse 8
I've been ridin' them fast passengers
I thought you knowed
I've been hittin' them flat wheelers
way down the road
I've been ridin' them
blind passengers
dead enders
kickin' up cinders
I've been doin' some hard travelin' Lord
Verse 9
I've been doin' some hard harvestin'
I thought you knowed
From North Dakota to Kansas City
way down the road
Cuttin' that wheat and
stackin' that hay
just tryin' to make 'bout a dollar a day
And I've been doin' some hard harvestin' Lord
Verse 10
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Of note:
If any song could be a signature tune, this would certainly be Cisco's. One of Woody's best songs, and a performance that Cisco certainly was pleased with, as he named one of his LPs after it. Captures the flavor and the sweat without glamorizing or fantasizing. It is THE song of the Open Road.

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