Traveling Man-Pink Anderson

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Traveling Man-Pink Anderson
G position, standard tuning

I just want to tell you 'bout a man named Coombs Holmes in Tennessee
He made his living stealing chickens, and everything that he could see
That pop-eyed man, he'd run so fast, his feet couldn't stay in the road
When a freight train passed, no matter how fast, he'd always get on board

REFRAIN: He was a traveling man, certain was a traveling man
He's one of the travelingest men, was ever in the land
He traveled, and known for miles around
He didn't get caught, didn't give up, 'til the police shot him down

Well, the police hired him a automobile, of purpose, to chase old Coombs
He run him from six o'clock in the morning 'til seven in the afternoon
That pop-eyed man, he'd run so fast 'til fire came from his heel
He burned up the cotton and he scorched the corn, he cut a road through the farmer's field

REFRAIN: He said, "I'm a traveling man." Certain was a traveling man
Travelingest man, was ever in the land
He traveled, and known for miles around
But he didn't get caught, didn't give up, 'til the police shot him down

Well, the police shot him with a rifle, and the bullet went through his head
All the people, they came from miles around, to see the man was dead
They telegrammed down South to his mother, she's all carried away in tears
She walk in the house and open up the coffin lid, and that fool had disappeared

REFRAIN: He said, "I'm a traveling man." Certain was a traveling man
Travelingest man, was ever in the land
He traveled, and known for miles around
But he didn't get caught, didn't give up, 'til the police shot him down

This man was on the Titanic ship, and hit [sic] was sinking down
Sitting out on a towel, with his head hung down
When this boy jumped overboard, everybody said he was a fool
And about three minutes after that he was shooting dice over in Liverpool

REFRAIN: He said, "I'm a traveling man." Certain was a traveling man
Travelingest man, was ever in the land
He traveled, boys, he was known for miles around
He didn't get caught, didn't give up, 'til the police shot him down

This boy, he went to the spring one day, to get a pail of water
The distance the rascal had to go was about two miles and a quarter
He got there and got the water, and when he started back, he stumbled and fell down
But he went to the house and got him another bucket, caught the water 'fore it hit the ground

REFRAIN: Now, you know he was a traveling man. That certain was a traveling man (Spoken: Talk about him!)
Travelingest man, was ever in the land
You know he traveled, boys, he was known for miles around
He didn't get caught, and didn't give up, 'til the police shot him down

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