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All works by Woody Guthrie are held under U.S. Copyright Law. If you are interested in using a song for publication, recording, performance, or other, please contact the appropriate publisher listed at the bottom of each lyric.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anna Canoni at: acanoni(at)woodyguthrie.org


PUBLISHER'S CONTACTS:

TRO-Essex Music Group
Attn: Christina Sayles
266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018-6609
T: 212-594-9795 x24
Website


Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
(Administered by BMG Chrysalis)
Attn: Gregg Barron
6100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #1600,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
T: (323) 969-0988
E: info.us@bmgchrysalis.com
Website


Sanga Music Group
(Administered by Bicycle Music)
449 South Beverly Drive, Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 
T: 310-286-6600
Website


Michael Goldsen Music, Inc.
6124 Selma Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068


MCA Music Publishing
c/o Universal Music, Inc
2440 Sepulveda Boulevard, #100
Los Angeles, CA 90064


 

 

The Government Road
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Del McCoury

I'm a walkin down that buffalo trail
Gonna build a gover’ment road
Twenty one years I been in jail
Gonna build a gover’ment road

Build a gover’ment road, love,
Build a gover’ment road
Plowin’ down my buffalo trail
Gonna build a gover’ment road.

Buffalo trail's just sticks and stone,
Build a gover’ment road
It'll all be paved when I get done
Build a gover’ment road.

Gonna grab a shovel in my hand
Build a gover’ment road
Gonna hire up ever’ man I can
Build a gover’ment road.

Tractors, plows, an’ engines too,
Build a gover’ment road
All be a workin’ when I get through
Build a gover’ment road.

What’cha gonna do when y’r rent comes due?
Build a gover’ment road
Then we'll build a railroad, too,
Build a gover’ment road.

Who's a gonna travel down my way?
Build a gover’ment road.
Why, brothers and sisters every day.
Build a gover’ment road.

Where's this road a gonna lead?
Build a gover’ment road?
To a job of work and a mighty good feed,
Build a gover’ment road.

What we gonna do when we git to th’ end?
Build a gover’ment road.
Well, brother, we’ll start right over agin’
An’ build more gover’ment road.

 


© Copyright Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. / TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. & McCoury Music (BMI)
Available on:

Del And Woody
The Del McCoury Band

 

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