DESCRIPTION: The song, in its entirety: "I'm a ramblin' wreck of poverty/From Ogemaw I came/My poverty compels me/To split wood in the rain/But in all kinds of weather/Be it wet or dry/I'm bound to gain an honest living/Or lay me down and die"
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Beck)
KEYWORDS: poverty lumbering work logger nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Beck 24, "From Ogemaw" (1 text)
cf. "I Walk the Road Again"
NOTES: This fragment may be part of another song, but it's impossible to tell. - PJS
Looks to me more like an agglomeration of common lines, e.g. from "Son of a Gambolier" or one of its offspring and "I Walk the Road Again" (though it might be a much-worn-down version of the latter) - RBW
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