Well, I'm so tired of crying
But I'm out on the road again
I'm on the road again
Well, I'm so tired of crying
But I'm out on the road again
I'm on the road again
I ain't got no woman
Just to call my special friend

You know the first time I traveled
Out in the rain and snow
In the rain and snow
You know the first time I traveled
Out in the rain and snow
In the rain and snow
I didn't have no payroll
Not even no place to go

And my dear mother left me
When I was quite young
When I was quite young
And my dear mother left me
When I was quite young
When I was quite young
She said "Lord, have mercy
On my wicked son"

Take a hint from me, mama
Please don't you cry no more
Don't you cry no more
Take a hint from me, mama
Please don't you cry no more
Don't you cry no more
'Cause it's soon one morning
Down the road I'm going

But I ain't going down
That long old lonesome road
All by myself
But I ain't going down
That long old lonesome road
All by myself
I can't carry you, baby
Gonna carry somebody else


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    General CommentJust a note here to say that the transcription of the second verse is wrong. The phrase:

    I didn't have no payroll
    Not even no place to go

    Should be: "I didn't have no pharaoh"

    Maybe Canned Heat changed the lyric in later versions of the song but that is certainly the original version. What does it mean? Well, strangely, the word "pharaoh" was once a widely used slang term for money: "pharaoh = gold = money" but seems to have just slipped out of use almost entirely. A generation ago most working class people in both the States and UK would have understood the word immediately. Now?

    I have seen this word written as "fairo" on some lyric sites which is, of course, complete nonsense. Hope this helps.
    PININon June 08, 2013   Link

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