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The Habit  Don Edwards

Poem by Berton Braley, Music & additional Lyrics by Don Edwards
Transcribed and Submitted by: Brian McNeal (
Don Edwards actually has two different versions of this song. This
version is from the Don Edwards/West of Yesterday CD and varies from
the earlier version on his "Chant of the Wanderer" CD in that he has
written the chorus which makes the song sound more commercial.
Don Edwards: Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Tim & Molly O'Brien: Harmony Vocals
Rich O'Brien: Acoustic Guitar/Mandolin/6-string Banjo
Tom Morrell: Slide Resonator Guitar
Randy Elmore: Fiddle
Bob Boatright: Fiddle
Mark Abbott: Upright Bass
The Habit
Poem by Berton Braley, Music & additional Lyrics by Don Edwards
I b[C]eat my way where[G]ver [F]any winds have [C]blown
I've [F]bummed along from [C]Portland [G]down to San [C]Antone
From S[C]hady Hook to [G]Frisco, [F]over plains and [C]hills
For [F]once you get the [C]Habit, [G]you just can't keep [C]still
[C]I've seen a lot of [G]places [F]where I'd like to [C]stay
I [F]gets to feelin' re[C]stless, t[G]hen I'm on my [C]way
I was n[C]ever meant for [G]sittin' [F]on my own door s[C]ill
For [F]once you get the [C]Habit, [G]you just can't keep [C]still
I [F]ride w[C]herever the wi[G]nd[-] b[G]lows
I'm [F]driftin' l[C]ike a tumbl[G]ew[-]ee[G]d
I'm j[F]ust a [C]wanderin [Am]troubad[G]or
A [F]song and my [G]guitar is all I [C]need
I've [C]been in rich men's [G]houses [F]and I've been in j[C]ail
And [F]when its time for l[C]eavin', [G]I just hits the t[C]rail
I'm a [C]human bird of [G]passage [F]and the song I [C]trill
Is [F]once you get the [C]Habit, [G]you just can't keep [C]still
Now the[C] sun is sort of [G]coaxin' [F]and the road is [C]clear
And the [F]wind is singin' [C]ballads [G]that I just gotta [C]hear
It [C]ain't no use to [G]argue [F]when you feel the t[C]hrill
For [F]once you get the [C]Habit, [G]you just can't keep s[C]till
REPEAT CHORUS TWICE Repeat last line of chorus

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