Merle Travis - Reenlistment Blues

Reenlistment Blues

Merle Travis performs "Reenlistment Blues"Live on movie  From Here To Eternity.

Merle Robert Travis (November 17, 1917 - October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His songs' lyrics often discussed both the lives and the economic exploitation of American coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons," "Re-Enlistment Blues," "I am a Pilgrim," and "Dark as a Dungeon." However, it is his unique guitar style, still called Travis Picking by guitarists, as well as his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, for which he is best known today. "Travis Picking" is a syncopated style of guitar fingerpicking rooted in ragtime music in which alternating chords and bass notes are plucked by the thumb while melodies are simultaneously plucked by the index finger. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

Merle Travis – Re-Enlistment Blues Lyrics

My hitch was up Monday


Not a dog soljer nor more

Soljer no more.

They give me all that money


So much my pockets is sore

Pockets is sore.

More dough than I can use


Re-Enlistment Blues


Them blues.


Took my gelt to town Tuesday


Found me a big double bed

Big double bed.

I'll find a job tomorrow


Tonight I'll maybe be dead

Maybe be dead.

Ain't no time to lose


Re-Enlistment Blues


Them blues.


Hit the bars Wednesday


Friends put me up on a throne

(Way) up on a throne.

Found a Chinese baby


She wouldn't leave me alone

Leave me alone.

Did I give her a bruise


Re-Enlistment Blues


Them blues.


I woke up on Thursday


The walls was movin'

I swear

Movin' I swear.

I reach'd down in my trousers


AII my pockets was bare

Nothin' was there.

I'll really blew my fuse


Re-Enlistment Blues


Them blues.


Hit the bar again Friday


Ask'd for a free glass of beer

Free glass of beer.

Bar man he don't know me


He just say no credit here

No credit here.

What I done then ain't news


Re-Enlistment Blues


Them blues.

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