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Johnny Cash
Album: Man in Black [Columbia]
Track: Orphan of the Road

Orphan of the Road Lyrics

(Dick Feller) © '71 Cyberphonic Publishing, BMI

From a carnie show and a rodeo that shared a three day stand
A cowboy met a fiery carnie queen
In new spring nights amit the lights of the painted carnie van
They laughed and loved and shared short lived dreams

Bu the carnie show and the rodeo went their seperate ways
And the carnie season bloomed and soon moved on
And I was born on a winter morn to the dark eyed carnie queen
The too-late-son of something that was gone

The blacksheep child that grew up wild
From the seed the four winds sowed
Unwanted son of ice and fire an orphan of the road

I was still a child when my mama died of a chill that closed her eyes
So I was left to grow up on my own
Without a name too wild to tame no one cared to try
So mostly I was mostly left alone

In dingy bars and cold boxcars hobo jungle camps
I joined the men who drift from town to town
The surgin' flood of restless blood flowed inside my veins
I'd never find the time to settle down

The blacksheep child that grew up wild...

In the misty rain I caught the train that slowed down through the town
And I pulled myself into the boxcar door
In a passing light in the deep grey night I saw the still dark form
Of an old man lying sick upon the floor

And he said I tried to find her but they told me that she'd died
And that she'd left an only son behind
And I tried to find him but I never did but I know I could rest in peace
If I could just see him once before I die

I found a match and I quickly scratched it into a flickerin' flame
Then I held it close and I gently raised his head
My mother sir I said of her I have her same dark eyes
He smiled a cowboy smile and then was dead

The blacksheep child that grew up wild...

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