Goin' down the road, Lawd, Goin' down the road. Down the road, Lawd, Way,way down the road. Got to find somebody To help me carry this load. Road's in front o' me, Nothin' to do but walk. Road's in front of me, Walk -- an' walk -- an' walk. I'd like to meet a good friend To come along an' talk. Hates to be lonely, Lawd, I hates to be sad. Says I hates to be lonely, Hates to be lonely an' sad, But ever friend you finds seems Like they try to do you bad. Road, road, road, O! Road, road -- road -- road, road! Road, road, road, O! On the no'thern road. These Mississippi towns ain't Fit fer a hoppin' toad.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Bound no'th blues", appears in Fine Clothes to the Jew, first published 1927 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Marian Viktorovich Koval (1907 - 1971), "Road, road, road", published 1939 [voice and piano], from Oh, What Singers, also set in Russian [text not verified]
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