My Companion of the Road

from Cabin Fever by Mandy Woods

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My Companion of the Road

Greyhound bus to Austin,
Past left far behind,
On the rack above me
Everything I still call mine—
A sleeping bag, a backpack, my trusty old guitar,
The spirit of adventure carried in my hopeful heart.

Two days on the road to Austin,
Nothing there but music, I’ve been told,
My old guitar, of course she’s coming with me,
My best friend, my companion of the road.

A cowboy boards the bus at Memphis,
Stench of stale smoke as he walks by,
Liquor on his breath from daytime drinking,
He talks and cusses loudly through the night;
When morning comes we stop in Texarkana for some food,
A short stack and cheap coffee never tasted quite so good.

Two days on the road to Austin,
Nothing there but music, I’ve been told,
My old guitar, of course she’s coming with me,
My best friend, my companion of the road.

Those endless miles of interstate,
They’ll numb the sharpest mind,
Nothing much to do but fall asleep,
Lose all sense of place and time.

We finally reach Austin
Deep into the second night,
Before I even look above me,
I know that something isn’t right—
The cowboy has long gone, and my guitar is gone as well,
The bus drives off and leaves me in some kind of living hell.

Two days on the road to Austin,
Nothing there but music, I’ve been told,
My best friend hasn’t made it down here with me—
How I weep for my companion of the road.

Two days on the road to Austin,
Nothing there but music, I’ve been told,
No choice now but to try and make my home here
Without my dear companion of the road.

© 2016/2020, Mandy Woods

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from Cabin Fever, released February 22, 2021
Written and performed by Mandy Woods

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Mandy Woods Glastonbury, UK

The transatlantic flavour of Mandy Woods’ songs reflects a decade spent in Austin, Texas. Now based in Somerset, she plays guitar and country blues harmonica and performs at venues around the UK. Mandy also writes songs about dachshunds, as WagsLyrical. ... more

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