I'm A Freeborn Man

Recorded by Liam Clancy on "Irish Troubadour"
Written by Ewan MacColl
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I'm a freeborn man of the travelling people
Got no fixed abode - with nomads I am numbered
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Country lanes and byways were always my ways
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I never fancied being lumbered

Oh we knew the woods and the resting places
And the small bird sang when winter days were over
Then we'd pack our load and be on the road
Those were good old days for a rover

There was open ground where a man could linger
For a week or two for time was not our master
Then away you'd jog with your horse and dog
Nice and easy - no need to go faster

Now I've known life hard and I've known it easy
And I've cursed the life when winter days were dawning
But I've laughed and sung through the whole night long
Seen the summer sun rise in the morning

All you freeborn men of the travelling people
Every tinker, rolling stone or gypsy rover
Winds of change are blowing - old ways are going
Your travelling days will soon be over


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