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Traveling Coon

This song is by Luke Jordan and appears on the compilation The Songster Tradition: 1927-1935 (1991) by various artists.

Folks, let me tell you about a travelin' coon, his home is down in Tennessee
He made his living stealing people's chickens and everything he's seein'
Policeman got straight behind this coon, and it certainly made him take to a road
There never was a passenger train that run so fast that shine didn't get on board

He was a travelin' man, he was a travelin' man
He was the travelin'est man, finest was in the land
He was a travelin' man, he's known for miles around
He never give up, no, he wouldn't give up 'til the police shot him down

They sent this travelin' coon to spring one day, to fetch a pail of water
I think the distance from the house to the spring, sixteen miles and a quarter
The coon went there and he got the water all right, come back, stubbed his toe, and fell down
He run back home and got another pail, he caught the water 'fore it hit the ground

He was a travelin' man, he was a travelin' man
He was the travelin'est man, finest was in the land
He was a travelin' man, he was known for miles around
He never give up, no, he wouldn't give up 'til the police shot him down

This travelin' coon thought he'd hobo Titanic, just beside the ocean blue
He saw that ice berg comin', right off the Titanic he flew
All the passengers got excited on the ship and said, "Now, ain't that shine a fool?"
But when that iceberg struck the Titanic, he shootin' craps in Liverpool

He was a travelin' man, he was a travelin' man
He was the travelin'est man, finest was in the land
He was a travelin' man, he was known for miles around
He never give up, no, he wouldn't give up 'til the police shot him down

They caught this travelin' coon at last, and sentenced him to be hung one day
All the jurymans asked the shine, "What you have to say?"
He begged all the jurymans, "Will y'all all bow down in prayer?"
He crossed his legs and he winked one eye, he went straight up through the air

He was a travelin' man, he was a travelin' man
He was the travelin'est man, finest was in the land
He was a travelin' man, he was known for miles around
He never give up, no, he wouldn't give up 'til the police shot him down

Recorded:

August 16, 1927; Charlotte, NC

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