“I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound”


The singer describes the life of a rambler, commenting "I can't help but wonder where I'm bound." He sees worried people everywhere, he misses his former girlfriend and his buddy; he advises people who have homes to stay there


Obviously this isn't a traditional song, and it probably never will become one. On the other hand, it has been sung so widely by pop/folk singers (themselves ramblers, and so perhaps unusually sympathetic to the song) that I have seen a number of bluegrass sources list it as traditional. It may be that the song belongs in the Index just to refute that claim. - RBW


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 52, "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" (1 text)
  3. BI, FSWB052


Alternate titles: “Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound”; “Can't Help But Wonder”
Author: Tom Paxton
Earliest date: 1963
Keywords: rambling home