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TRAVELLIN' BLUES Dave Brubeck (m) Iola Brubeck (l) 1961 Carmen McRae w The Dave Brubeck Quartet rec Sep 6th 1961 I've travelled 'cross the country, I've sung with lots o' bands, I've played in those big cities That book those one-night stands. I'm lonely and I'm weary, I know the scene so well! The blues have come to get me And to drag me down to hell! But I keep travellin', What have I got to lose? I keep travellin', Unravellin' all my blues! I check into a hotel And then forget its name; Yes, I could ask, but oh well, Aren't all hotels the same? Sink into the mattress, Pray God my soul to keep; The blues are in the street, Cries that haunt my troubles sleep! But I keep travellin', What have I got to lose? I just keep on, Unravellin' all my blues! I wake up every mornin', Wonder where I'm at; I look into the mirror And ask myself, "Who's that?". I left behind a good man, A face I can't recall! And yet I love my old man Or no man's been love at all! But I keep travellin', What have I got to lose? Just keep a-travellin', Unravellin' all my blues! I know the blues confuse me, Hold me in their trap; They meet me and they lose me, While round ny brain they wrap! A web of lonely journeys, All spun from evil thread, That twist and turn and tangle me Until my soul is dead! Ooh-oo-oo, but I keep travellin', What have I got to lose? I just keep travellin', Tryin' to lose all my blues! (Contributed by Peter Akers - January 2010)

    


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