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Ramblin’ Boy

Tom Paxton
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Parole e musica di Tom Paxton
Title track del suo disco del 1964.
Ma l’anno precedente la canzone era già stata interpretata da The Weavers nel corso di un loro storico concerto alla Carnegie Hall.
In seguito il brano - con il titolo “My Ramblin’ Boy” - fu ripreso da Judy Collins e da Sandy Denny

Ramblin’ Boy
The Weavers - Reunion at Carnegie Hall, 1963


Due hobo, amici per la pelle, inseparabili. Capitati in quel di Tulsa, Oklahoma, non trovano una sistemazione per entrambi, sicchè decidono di passare la notte all’aperto, in un accampamento di vagabondi. Ma il freddo uccide uno dei due e l’altro rimane solo, immaginando l’amico a vagabondare nei cieli, finalmente senza più sofferenze...

Un racconto che sembra di altri tempi e che invece si ripropone ogni anno nei freddi inverni delle nostre opulente ed indifferenti città...
He was a man and a friend always
He stuck with me in the hard old days.
He never cared if I had no dough
We rambled 'round in the rain and snow.

And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy
And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy.

In Tulsa town we chanced to stray
We thought we'd try to work one day
The boss said he had room for one
Says my old pal, "We'd rather bum!"

And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy
And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy.

Late one night in a jungle camp
The weather it was cold and damp
He got the chills and he got 'em bad
They took the only friend I had.

And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy
And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy.

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.

And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy
And here's to you my ramblin' boy
May all your ramblin' bring you joy.

inviata da Bernart Bartleby - 17/3/2016 - 21:44



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