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"Traveling in the Lightning" is a song from Warren Zevon's first album, Wanted Dead or Alive.

About the Song Edit

The song describes a blues singer's mournful lament that he and his family have been "traveling in the lightning", a euphemism for hard times. It also seems to be describing the singers discontent about leaving home and how he is trying to "find the right place again".

Song Lyrics Edit

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I was born down in Corpus Christi

With a dram glass in my hand

When I was just 15, I got a job playing rhythm

With a Nashville Shaketown band

I've been playing the blues so long

I've been paying my dues so long I've been traveling in the lightning

Traveling in the lightning

Traveling in the wind and the rain

I've been tryin' and tryin' to find the right place again . . . yeah


Now the last time I saw my sweet old mama,

Her eyesight was looking dim

And the last I saw of my dear old daddy,

His horse was aridin' him . . . yes he was

They've been singing the blues so long

They've been singing such a sad, sad song

They've been traveling in the lightning

Traveling in the lightning

Traveling in the wind and rain

They've been tryin' and tryin' to find the right place again . . . yeah


I've been traveling in the lightning

I've been traveling in the lightning

Traveling in the lightning

Traveling in the wind and the rain

I've been tryin' and tryin' to find the right place again. . . yeah

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