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Origins: Ramblin Boy written where?

18 Sep 19 - 05:18 AM (#4009403)
Subject: Origins: Ramblin Boy written where?
From: GUEST,Phil H

We had some visitors at our folk club in Brampton last night (17-09-19) who sang Tom Paxton's Ramblin Boy. They introduced it by saying that they had been told that it was written by Tom Paxton while he was waiting to perform at a folk club in the North East of England in the sixties. Is there any back-up evidence of this?


18 Sep 19 - 05:52 AM (#4009406)
Subject: RE: Origins: Ramblin Boy written where?
From: Newport Boy

From Tom Paxton's book "The Honor of Your Company", 2000:

One night in 1963 I brought a pocket notebook with me to work at the Gaslight and wrote three lyrics between shows. The first and third lyrics were totally forgettable but the middle one was called "My Rambling Boy", which was quickly shortened to just "Rambling Boy".

I came to realize that in writing this song I was responding to a song I'd been hearing both Dave Van Ronk and Bob Dylan sing - a traditional song called " He Was a Friend of Mine". My words were different, of course, and the tune as well, but the theme was the same.

Phil


18 Sep 19 - 11:43 PM (#4009520)
Subject: RE: Origins: Ramblin Boy written where?
From: GUEST,Gerry

He Was a Friend of Mine is the song of which Dave van Ronk said, “I learned this from Bob Dylan, who learned it from Eric Von Schmidt… who learned it from me.”