Bob Dylan Rambler, Gambler 1960

Bob Dylan Rambler, Gambler 1960

The Rambling Gambler” is a traditional folk song of the American West. It was first recorded in print by John A. & Alan Lomax in their jointly authored 1938 edition of Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads.

In September 1960, 19-year-old Bob Dylan recorded the song — his second-earliest known solo recording session. The recording can be found (titled “Rambler, Gambler”) on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack.




I’m a rambler, I’m a gambler
I’m a long way from my home
If the people don’t like me
They can leave me alone

Come sit down beside me
Come sit down right here
Come sit down, love, I want you
Love you boldly, so dear

When you get to Wyoming
A letter you’ll see
If you get into trouble
Just you write and tell me

For I once had a lover
Her age was sixteen
She’s a flower of velvet and the rose of Celine

Her parents was against me
Now she is the same
If I writ on your book, love
Just you blot out my name

Oh there’s changes in the ocean
There’s changes in the sea
There’s changes in my true love
Ain’t no change in me


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