Kris Kristofferson

Ramblin’ Man (The Drifter)


I am just a ramblin’ man

I do my living where I can

And any road or highway is my home


Don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow

Keeping just ahead of sorrow

I’m a rolling stone


I left my home when I was ten

To try to see the world and learn

A little bit about the things I didn’t know


Labor crews and gandy dancers

Told me questions without answers

I learn less the further on I go




         Hear the sea, calling me

         Travel on, the day I die

         Know that I will be alone


I have tasted love’s sweet wine

And there are many women

That I knew I have the right to call my own


But my life’s much too short duration

To be spent in one location

And I’ll always be a rolling stone


Nights I’ve drifted on the river

Gazing at the stars so far

Above the dark that is their own


Life is like a lonely river

Drifting on and into never

And like every star I’m alone


**Repeat chorus


**Repeat first verse

Words & Music by Kris Kristofferson (1957) c. Jody Ray Publishing, Inc. (BMI) All Rights Reserved


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