Friday, January 30, 1970

Road to Cairo

A fella told me, this here road leads to Cairo,
I got to get me a ride.
I got to go back, go back to my children,
I got to see my little bride.

I been travellin'. Gone a long, long time.
Don’t know what I’ll find,
Scared of what I’ll find.
But I just got to see them again.

Hey thanks for stoppin', are you headed down to Cario?
I wrecked my Lincoln in Saint Jo.
Why to little old Cairo? No special reason,
Look up some folks I used to know.

     Me, I travel some, have my share of fun,
     Now that’s a life a man can live.
     Sure I’ve played and lost,
     But who minds the cost?
     You got to take more than you give.

Hey you got another cigar? Son I sure like this car,
Oh from your daddy as a gift.
Say on second thought,
There’s gifts I haven’t bought.
Just drop me here, thanks for the lift.

     Yes, I’ve travelled some, yes, I’ve been a bum
     Never have a dime for gin.
     Left to make my way,
     Told her I can’t stay
     To see my children poor as sin.

I know this road, it leads straight into Cairo,
Twenty-two miles straight ahead.
I can’t, I can’t walk down this road to Cairo.
They’re better thinkin' I’m dead.

I been travellin'. Gone a long, long time.
Don’t know what I’d find.
Scared of what I’d find.
I can’t, I just can’t walk down this road.


This is in Bb minor, so I'd suggest a capo on 1 and the following chords:


Am | E/g# | Am | E/g#

Verse I (Before 'chorus')

Am | Am/g# |C/g | D/f#
F | F | E | E
Am | Am/g# | C/g | D/f#
F | F | E | E

Verse II (Before 'bridge')

Am | Am/g# | C/g | D/f#
F | F | E | E
Am | Am/g# | C/g | D/f#
F | F | Am | Am

Chorus ("I've been travelling...")

Am | D7/a | Am | D7/a
Am | D7/a | Am | D7a
C#m | Bm

Bridge ("Me, I've travelled some...")

F | G | F | G
F | G | E | E
F | G | F | G
F | G | Am | Am


  1. Thank you, I've been a fan of Julie Driscoll since 1970. Ciao Mitch of Antananarivo

  2. Lovely, Kasper. One suggestion: I hear an A7/C# where you have the C#m.