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Detour

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and appears on the album Country Style (1962) and on the album Kerouac's Last Dream (1981).

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Detour
Headed down life's crooked road, lots of things I never knowed
Because of me not knowin', now I pine
Trouble got in the trail, spent the next five years in jail
Should have read that detour sign

Detour, there's a muddy road ahead, detour
Paid no mind to what it said
Detour, all these bitter things I find
Should have read that detour sign

When I got to the place where it said "About face"
I guess that my heart strings are made of twine
Had no willpower to get from the hole that I'm in yet
Should have read that detour sign

Detour, there's a muddy road ahead, detour
Paid no mind to what it said
Detour, all these bitter things I find
Should have read that detour sign

When I got to the place where it said "About face"
I thought that all my worries were behind
But the farther I go, more weary I know
Should have read that detour sign

Detour, there's a muddy road ahead, detour
Paid no mind to what it said
Detour, all these bitter things I find
Should have read that detour sign

Written by:

Paul Westmoreland; Traditional

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