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I'm Looking for a Home (Housing Song), lyrics

Song: I'm Looking for a Home (Housing Song)
Lyrics: The Priority Ramblers(3)

Music: Tom Glazer, Jackie Gibson, Edna Nell, Josephine Schwartz (Band: Priority Ramblers)
Year: 1943
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


Four long years in the army,
It never was a home.
Take me back to N.Y. town,
And nevermore I'll roam.

(CHORUS:)
I'm a-looking for a home,
I'm a-looking for a home.

My first day in N.Y. town,
I spent looking for a bed.
Searching all the avenues,
For a place to lay my head.
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(CHORUS)

One lady said she had a room,
I said, "Is that correct?"
"you can have it on one condition,
That the dog does not object."

(CHORUS)

I answered an advertisement,
I went down in a crowd.
The landlady, she made a speech,
"No dogs, no cats, no kids,
No chickens, no workingmen allowed."
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(CHORUS)

The first time I saw my bedroom,
It had just a bed and chair.
The next time I saw my bedroom,
There were five guys sleeping there.

(CHORUS)

I left my room for a minute,
Just to get a glass of beer.
When I got back there were four more men,
Swinging on the chandelier.

(CHORUS)

If you should see anybody,
Come round here looking for me.
I spend my days in Central Park,
And my nights on the I.R.T.(4).



(A second version of this song also written by the Priority Ramblers.)

They woke me up one morning,
With a telegram.
Said, "come on down to Washingtown,
And help out Uncle Sam."

(CHORUS:)
You'll have a home,
You'll have a home,
You'd think.
You'll have a home,
You'll have a home.

The first day I spent in Washingtown,
I spent looking for a bed.
Searching all the boulevards,
For a place to lay my head.
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(CHORUS:)
I had no home,
I had no home,
Poor boy,
I had no home,
I had no home.

One lady said she had a room,
I said, "Is that correct?"
"you can have it on one condition,
That the dog does not object."

(CHORUS:)
I had no home,
I had no home,
Poor girl,
I had no home,
I had no home.

I answered an advertisement,
I went there in a crowd.
The landlady, she made a speech,
"No dogs, no cats, no chickens,
No kids, no working girls allowed."
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(CHORUS:)
I had no home,
I had no home,
Home, home,
I had no home,
I had no home.

The first time I saw my bedroom,
It had just a bed and chair.
The next time I saw my bedroom,
There were ten guys sleeping there.

(CHORUS:)
They had no home,
They had no home,
Poor boys,
They had no home,
They had no home.

So I left my room for a minute,
Just to get me a glass of beer.
When I got back there I found four more,
Swinging on the chandelier.

(CHORUS:)
They had no home,
They had no home,
Home, home,
They had no home,
They had no home.

If you see anybody,
Come round here looking for me.
I'm sleeping in Dupont Circle,
In a sour apple tree.
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(CHORUS:)
It is my home,
It is my home,
Sour apples,
It is my home,
It is my home.

If anyone should ask you,
Who composed this song.
Tell that goverment worker,
I ain't slept all week long.

(CHORUS:)
I have no home,
I have no home,
Home, home,
I have no home,
I have no home.


Notes:

1 - The first version information from "The People's Song" written by the Priority Ramblers, with the last verse added by Bernie Asbel, right after his discharge from the army. This information provided with thanks by Tenant Net.

2 - The second version transcribed from a slightly later version by the Priority Ramblers.

3 - It is hard to tell who wrote this song as the Priority Ramblers, organized by Alan Lomax from government workers in Washington, D.C., had a membership that varied over time, including as members: Bernie Asbel, Jackie Gibson, Ruth Alice (Ronnie) Gilbert, Tom Glazer, Edna Neil, and Josephine Schwartz.

4 - I.R.T. as it was known back then, short for New York's Interborough Rapid Transit (Company), thought it and two other private transit companies were bought by the city in 1940.