I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound

DESCRIPTION: The singer describes the life of a rambler, commenting "I can't help but wonder where I'm bound." He sees worried people everywhere, he misses his former girlfriend and his buddy; he advises people who have homes to stay there
AUTHOR: Tom Paxton
EARLIEST DATE: 1963
KEYWORDS: rambling home
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REFERENCES (2 citations):
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 52, "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" (1 text)
DT, WHERBOND*

ALTERNATE TITLES:
Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
Can't Help But Wonder
NOTES [120 words]: Obviously this isn't a traditional song, and it probably never will become one. On the other hand, it has been sung so widely by pop/folk singers (themselves ramblers, and so perhaps unusually sympathetic to the song) that I have seen a number of bluegrass sources list it as traditional. It may be that the song belongs in the Index just to refute that claim.
I find it interesting that Tom Paxton has, as of this writing, four songs in the Index -- "The Marvelous Toy," "The Last Thing on My Mind," "My Ramblin' Boy," and "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" -- and all were written and recorded very early in his career. Nor have I seen any hints of any of his later songs matching those four in popuarity. - RBW
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