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I AIN’T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE 

Harry Manx
The Sojourners 
(Will Sanders, Khari McClelland, and Marcus Mosely)

Recorded in 1940 as part of Woody Guthrie‘s cycle of Dust Bowl Ballads, this was based on The Carter Family’s “I Don’t Feel At Home in The World Anymore”. Gospel-roots trio The Sojourners, who often perform with Jim Byrnes, offer their unique blend, plus solo outings by Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders, and Khari McClelland, in that order. Guitar wiz Harry Manx adds stinging slide, while Paul Myers weaves electronic textures. (Hat-tip to Billy Bragg for the chord changes.)

Lyrics

 

I ain't got no home, I'm just a-roamin' 'round,
Just a wandrin' worker, I go from town to town.
The police make it hard wherever I may go
And I ain't got no home in this world anymore. 

My brothers and my sisters are stranded on this road,
A hot and dusty road that a million feet have trod;
Rich man took my home and drove me from my door
And I ain't got no home in this world anymore. 

I’m mindin’ all your mines and I’m gatherin’ your corn
I been working, mister, since the day I was born
Now I worry all the time, and like I said before
I ain't got no home in this world anymore 

Now as I look around, it's mighty plain to see
This world is such a great and a funny place to be;
Where the gamblin' man is rich an' the workin' man is poor,
And I ain't got no home in this world anymore.

Paul Myers