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Collected Poems

Walking on my Feet

Walking on my Feet

hitched up my bundle
went down the street
long way to go
walking on my feet

went past Charley's
didn't turn in
broke to the wide
had a good spin

toting my gunny
hit the south road
long way to go
got a heavy load

tired already
walking on my feet
dust in my mouth
and damn this heat

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bloke just passed
had a spare seat
left me behind
walking on my feet

all my life
always on the go
keep on doing
the old heel and toe

put one in front
then put the other
same old way
I learnt from my mother

blister on my heel
don't know when I'll eat
same old business
walking on my feet

I know where I'm going
walking on my feet
reckon when I get there
I'll be dead beat

won't get a woman
won't find gold
pockets will be empty
bed will be cold

never will be worried
never want a snack
don't worry lady
I won't be back

I know where I'm going
where I'll lie down
nice quiet place
long way from town

long way to go
I'll sleep all alone
fingers round the earth
earth round the bone

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living rent free
on easy street
never any more
go walking on my feet