I was young when I left home
An' I been out a-ramblin' round
An' I never wrote a letter to my home
To my home, lord, to my home
An' I never wrote a letter to my home.
It was just the other day
I was bringin' home my pay
When I met an' old friend I used to know
Said, "Your mother is dead an' gone
An' your sisters all gone wrong
An' your daddy needs you home right away. ''
Not a shirt on my back
Not a penny on my name
But I can't go home this a-way
This a-way, lord, this a-way