Poor Boy
Woody Guthrie Lyrics


My mother called me to her bedside
These words she said to me
If you don't quit your rambling ways
They're gonna get you in the penitentiary
Gonna get you in the penitentiary poor boy
Gonna get you in the penitentiary
If you don't quit your reckless ways
They're gonna get you in the penitentiary

So I sat myself down in a gambling game
But I could not play my hand
Just thinking about that woman I love
Run away with another man
Run away with another man poor boy
Run away with another man
Just thinking about that woman I love
Run away with another man

The cards came around the table lord
And I had such a worried mind
My stack of gold dollars I wasted away
And I lost about ninety-nine
I lost about ninety-nine poor boy
I lost about ninety-nine
My stack of gold dollars I wasted away
And I lost about ninety-nine

It wasn't very long till I seen him again
He ran away left her behind
And I laid him down with my old forty-four
And the judge gave me ninety-nine
The judge gave me ninety-nine poor boy
The judge gave me ninety-nine
I laid a man down with my big forty-four
And the judge gave me ninety-nine

Well the jury said I had to pay
And the clerk he wrote it down
And the judge called out my number
Two sixes upside down
Two sixes upside down poor boy
Two sixes upside down
The judge called out my number
Two sixes upside down

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Written by: WOODY GUTHRIE

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steve cook

this is possibly my favourite song ever-I can never get it out my head -been lovin it since 1985-ish -jut so wonderful -the lyrics are perfect and my favourite all time lyrics is  "two six's  upside down "  just wanted to confess all this -sorry folks but its all true

Jay

I love this song! Reminds me of hard times!!

steve cook

and after  " poor boy "  bed on the floor runs it a close second -as my second favourite song of all time--such a wonderful artist old woody  -folk at its very best -put the effort in guys and woody will repay you for the rest of your life

Andrew Wallis

I play this D,A,G very easy key of D or any key that fits your voice this music is simple and brilliant. Get the tune a workin in yer head rest falls into place

Jonny James

Yep, when you're poor, prison is always not far away.

muddbugg83

Jonny James State prisons are beyond full. They're bursting at the seams so full of poor people. Federal prisons are equally full of blue collar criminals with big money connections by comparison.

Amanda Burger

Fav song by him

Ryan \

My stack of gold dollars I wasted away.. I lost about 99.. that hits hard after this weeks nfl betting lol

August Reign

Johnny Cash's "Cocaine Blues" is almost identical to this song in terms of theme. He also uses a lot of the lyrics.

Digital Ash TCG

'cocaine blues' is an old folk song, there's a recording of woody singing it.
The traditional name of the song is "bad lee brown"

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