BOOMER'S STORY Lyrics

by Ry Cooder

Come and gather all around me
Listen to my tale of woe
Got some good advice to give you
Lots of things you oughta know

Take a tip from one who's traveled
And never stopped a-ramblin' 'round
'Cause once you get the roamin' fever
You never want to settle down, boy
You never want to settle down

Met a little gal in Frisco
And I asked her to be my wife
Told her I was tired of roamin'
Goin' to settle down for life

Then I heard the whistle blowin'
And I knew it was the Red Ball Train
And I left that gal beside the railroad
And I never saw the gal again, boy
I never saw the gal again

Saw the gal again
I never saw the gal again
Left that gal beside the railroad
I never saw the gal again

Traveled all over the country
I've traveled everywhere
Been on every Branch Line railroad
Never paid a nickel fare

Been from Maine to Califor'ny
Canada to Mexico
And I never tried to save no money
Now I got no place to go, boy
Now I got no place to go

Listen to a Boomer's story
Pay attention to what I say
Hear another train a-comin'
Guess I'll be on my way

If you wanna do me a favor
When I lay me down and die
Just dig my grave beside the railroad
So I can hear the trains go by, boy
So I can hear the trains go by

Hear the trains go
I can hear the trains go by
Just dig my grave beside the railroad
So I can hear the trains go by