J.D. Carroll

J.D. Carroll

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Folk - Contemporary | Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
Total Song Plays: 3,666   
Member Since: 2005
   Last Login: 10/22/2020

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Song Description

This song is being sung by a traveling salesman who is one step ahead of angry fathers and brothers. He has spent his time travleling from town to town wooing the girls and leaving. Danny gives it a Sinatra, Rat-Pack, type reading and feel.


Traveling Salesman's Blues
©J.D. Carroll - Creative Ventures Music

I?ve been told to leave town
before sundown
more times than I care to explain.

Why, I?ve been asked by bridegrooms
to get a move on real soon
and it was always way too soon when I saw ?em again.

But, ooo those ladies
would say, ? Won?t you stay please?
You?re talking so sweet I don?t feel like going home.?
And then their daddies
would say, ? Boy, you?ve had it!
I?m gonna have to make sure you leave my daughter alone.?

I?m packing quickly
and leaving quietly.
Hopefully, I can get unharmed.

I heard some talk from downtown
like, if they ever saw me around
someone was gonna rearrange my charms!

And all I did was
take her out dancing.
I can?t imagine why everyone?s so upset.
I hardly held her,
didn?t even tell her
I thought she was awfully different from all of the rest.

Well, I?m headed nowhere
but I don?t really care
cause anywhere is better than what I?ve seen.

I only came to this town
cause the name had the same sound
as a girl I knew from New Orleans.

But her older brother
said one way or the other
he was gonna introduce my face to his fist.
Until his sister
heard how much I?d missed her.
She protected me like Pocahantis and John Smith.

Associated Videos

Video - Traveling Salesman Blues
Traveling Salesman Blues

This is the sixth tune from East Farewell. Danny takes the lead on this one. Originally, this was more a blues style but Danny and Chuck came up with the swinging, rat-pack, Frank & Sammy style and went with it. I love it. -- in East Farewell.

Song Length
Blues - Rock, Blues - General
Tempo / Feel
Medium Fast (131 - 150)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Nervous, Uptight

Subject Matter
Dysfunctional Relations, Suspicion

Similar Artists
Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits J.D. Carroll
Music Credits J.D. Carroll
Producer Credits J.D. Carroll
Publisher Credits Creative Ventures Music
Performance Credits Danny, Chuck, Kathy & Coreen
Label Credits Creative Ventures