#01931
Standing On The Edge Of Town
(Little John Cameron)

Oh, well, I'm standing on the edge of town,
Gonna get chilly when the sun goes down;
Cardboard suitcase full of my clothes,
Where I'm headin' just the good Lord knows.

I was born in the middle of this old town,
Twenty-one years ago,
I worked like a dog on the factory line,
And I guess it's all that I know;
I was doin' great, never showed up late
Did all that a man could do,
Till I found this note with my final pay:
And, my son, it's the road for you.

And I'm standing on the edge of town,
Gonna get chilly when the sun goes down;
Cardboard suitcase full of my clothes,
Where I'm headin' just the good Lord knows.

Now they put a machine where it used to stand,
Funny lookin' as could be,
Sayin', sorry boys, but I gotta go,
It's between Jimmy and Billy and me;
I guess I'm lucky I ain't got no kids,
And I'm one of them bachelor men,
But Jimmy's got four and Billy's got two,
I sure feel alright about them.

Oh, well, I'm standing on the edge of town,
Gonna get chilly when the sun goes down;
Cardboard suitcase full of my clothes,
Where I'm headin' just the good Lord knows.

Now that machine is pretty and it goes like a devil,
But there's one thing I don't see;
You can bet the boss it didn't take no loss,
It was Jimmy and Billy and me.

Oh, well, I'm standing on the edge of town,
Gonna get chilly when the sun goes down;
Cardboard suitcase full of my clothes,
Where I'm headin' just the good Lord knows.

####.... Tom Paxton (Ramblin' Boy, Elektra EKS-7277, 1964) ....####

This variant recorded by John Barr aka "Little" John Cameron [1943-2002] from Blantyre, Scotland and Torbay, NL (Sit Down, Mr Music Man, trk#9, ©1967, Cynda Records, A Division of Boot Records, Toronto, Ontario, Distributed by London Records of Canada, Ltd).

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