“The Wandering Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (unissued recording, Kentucky Thorobreds) earliest publication 1928 (recording, Emry Arthur)
Keywords: rambling mother children separation
Found in: US(Ap,So)


"Out in this cold world and far away from home, Somebody's boy is wandering alone...." The mother begs, "Bring me back my wandering boy, He's all that's left to give me joy." She tells how his place still waits for him

Supplemental text

Wandering Boy, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Harvey H. Fuson, Ballads of the Kentucky Highlands, p. 149.
"From singing of Mrs. Lottie M. Lawson."

Out in this cold world, so far away from home,
Some mother's boy is wandering all alone,
No one to guide him, to keep his footsteps aright,
Some mother's boy is homeless to-night.

(2 additional stanzas)


This should not be confused with "Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight," which is a different song. - PJS



  1. Randolph 845, "The Wandering Boy" (1 text)
  2. Fuson, p. 149, "The Wandering Boy" (1 short text)
  3. ST R845 (Partial)
  4. Roud #4227
  5. BI, R845