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Gypsy Woody

Words & Music by Charlie Maguire © Mello-Jamin Music. All rights reserved.

This song, written in 1971 in Ashland, Wisconsin, is about Woody Guthrie and some of the events in his life. The "Gray" mentioned in the first verse is my short hand for "Graystone Hospital" where Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, slowing and tragically dying of Huntington's Disease, spent many years.

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        G                               C
Gypsy Woody, Gypsy Woody, Gypsy Woody, music man
G                       Em
He had the good and the bad of life
    A7              D
As well as one man can
 G             C
All around and up and down
           G
From the "Dust Bowl" to the "Gray"
              Em         A7
With his cap pushed back on his head
    D             G
He sang the day away

-chorus-
 G
I'm going to wake up in the morning
          C             Am
When the sun is on the rise
        G            Em             A7         D
It's a good day for traveling, with you by my side
 G                  C             Am
Don't mean anything if I walk or ride
          G              D             G
Because being free, is feeling free inside

Looking over my homeland
I still see you standing there
Hitching rides by the roadside
Kind of short, with curly hair
A guitar over the shoulder and a couple songs to share
All about "This Land," you and me, and a better day somewhere

From New York to California
And every place in between
Gypsy Wood sang for the common right
And the Coulee dam he'd seen
The hooting trains railed him far away from his wife and family
But other friends of his took him in, and gave him wine to drink

"Hard Traveling" Gypsy Woody
This country was your face
Sunburned, and needing a shave
But with eyes for a time of peace
With his western way of talking, from Oklahoma he did roam
Playing and passing around the hat
In his road clothes, going home


Previous Songs: I Like It Here/O Cold and Misery * Darling * Fine Old Lady * The Teton Dam * Towboat * The Hinkley Fire * L'Etoile Du Nord * Goodnight Baby * The B. C. Rail * Play Us a Waltz * Ozawindib * Long Way to Another Friend * Itasca: A Place of Beginnings * I'm From Minnesota * The Ballad of Augie Mattsen * The Strike Is On * Sam Smith * Mary Gibbs * The C.C.C. * Interstate of Broken Hearts * Fall Is Here * Rainfall Has Turned to Snow * Winter on the Farm * Getting in the Cows

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