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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.
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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