Song Lyric Sunday — The Wanderer

When I saw that this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme was “traveling,” my first reaction was to use Ricky Nelson’s “Traveling Man.” Unfortunately, another blogger beat me to it.

Back to the drawing board, I thought. But while I was walking my dog tonight, a song popped into my head. That song was Dion’s classic, “The Wanderer.”

The song, written by Ernie Maresca and recorded by Dion DiMucci, was released in 1961 on Laurie Records. It’s a song that tells the story of a travelling man and his many love interests.

Of course, by today’s standards, Dion’s song would undoubtedly and deservedly be considered sexist and misogynistic. But hey, what did we know about sexism and misogyny back then? I’m not sure such concepts had yet been invented in 1961.

Here are the lyrics.

Oh, well, I’m the type of guy who will never settle down
Where pretty girls are, well, you know that I’m around
I kiss ’em and I love ’em ’cause to me they’re all the same
I hug ’em and I squeeze ’em they don’t even know my name

They call me a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around, around

Oh, well, there’s Flo on my left and there’s Mary on my right
And Janie is the girl, well, that I’ll be with tonight
And when she asks me, which one I love the best?
I tear open my shirt and I show “Rosie” on my chest

‘Cause I’m a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around, around

Oh, well, I roam from town to town
I go through life without a care
And I’m as happy as a clown
I with my two fists of iron and I’m going nowhere

I’m the type of guy that likes to roam around
I’m never in one place, I roam from town to town
And when I find myself fallin’ for some girl
Yeah, I hop right into that car of mine, I drive around the world

Yeah I’m a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around, around

Oh yeah, I’m the type of guy that likes to roam around
I’m never in one place, I roam from town to town
And when I find myself a-fallin’ for some girl
I hop right into that car of mine and drive around the world

Yeah, ’cause I’m a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around, around, around, around

‘Cause I’m a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around

‘Cause I’m a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — The Wanderer

  1. nkdwhtguy October 7, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Nice song choice. Looks like Helen’s prompt is taking us all back to the 60’s!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 7, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      It’s a good song to sing along to, along with another Dion classic, “Runaround Sue.”

      Liked by 2 people

      • Suze October 8, 2017 / 11:18 am

        I always hated Runaround Sue for some reason! lol

        Liked by 1 person

        • Fandango October 8, 2017 / 11:20 am

          Understandable Sue…I mean Suze. 😉

          Like

  2. Helen Vahdati October 8, 2017 / 11:09 am

    I’ve actually heard this one before! Haha. It is undoubtedly sexist… “to me they’re all the same”… It’s still a catchy song. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ghostmmnc October 8, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    It sure is fun listening to all these old songs for this challenge! Great one you chose for today! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.