The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Rambling Boy

I was rich but a rambling boy
Through many a city I did enjoy
And there I married me a pretty little wife
And I loved her 5 dearer than I loved my 1 life

She was pretty, both neat and gay
She caused me to rob the road highway
I robbed it yes, I do declare
I made myself ten thousand there

Plenty dry goods for to carry me through
My pistol, sword, my money too
My forty-four, she never failed
My true love comes for to go my bail

My mother says she has no home
My sister says she's all alone
My wife she's left in sad despair
With a broken heart and a baby fair

Now when I die don't bury me at all
Just place me away in alcohol
My forty-four laid by my feet
Please tell them I am just asleep

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.