Travelin' Man
Travelin’ Man (Nadine Budge)

All my life I’ve been a travelin’ man
I’ve never had a home
Had no front door to cross through
No bed to call my own
See my daddy was a drinkin’ man
A heart as cold as steel
And my mama not too far behind
He kept her down at heel

My brothers and sister haven’t seen since I was five
And I wonder what they look like now
Or if they’re still alive
This picture I carry all faded with time
Is all I have of my childhood
And that family of mine

Chorus
So now the sky is my blanket
The moon is my light
And this riverbank it gently rocks me at night
The trees tell me stories and kiss me goodnight
And I dream of my mama’s arms holding me tight

I left the home and joined the railways
Rode those rails for twenty years
Took up drinkin’ like my daddy
To drown out all my fears
But no amount of whisky
Can wash away the tears
And give me back those years
That family of mine

So now the sky is my blanket
The moon is my light
And this riverbank it gently rocks me at night
The trees tell me stories and kiss me goodnight
And I dream of my mama’s arms holding me tight