Mudcat Café message #4078687 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4078687
Posted By: Stewie
07-Nov-20 - 09:45 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Don Henderson's 'Rake and Rambling Man' reminded me of this other little classic of similar ilk.

(Mike McClellan)

Iím used to liviní by myself
Always on the road
Makiní light of other peopleís woes
I donít need to take much more   
Than just a song or two
And even a smile can lighten up the load

Iím just a song and dance man
Going from town to town
Playing one night shows and country rodeos
Iím just a song and dance man
Liviní on a smile
I share your laughter everywhere I go

I donít care much for cities
I ainít seen one Iíd call home
The only dust theyíve got there is just plain dirt
And no one takes you in
Unless they want you off the streets
I get the feeling some folks
Fear a smile might hurt


I gave up looking for answers
A long, long time ago
Lifeís just taking chances, ask any dancer
One foot wrong and itís all undone

I wonít ask much of your time
Or that you recall my name
Fame is just a momentary curse
But if you recall a song or two
That lingers when Iím gone
Then I guess a song and dance man could do worse


Original recording

A later recording at 2015 National Folk Festival:

Youtube clip

Tommy Emmanuel supplied chords here: