In honour of me finally renewing my passport after a couple of years dithering I'm doing a post on one of the greatest travel songs ever. And also one of the best list songs too, right up there with Hello by The Beloved. Now I'm not a very well travelled chap, in fact I sometimes get a nosebleed walking to the corner shop for a newspaper, but there's something about this track that stirs a desire in me to go-a-globetrottin'. Despite its title conjuring up images of worn out shoes and dusty roads, it's decidedly more Dan Cruickshank in spirit than it is Woody Guthrie, and that's a large part of its appeal.
(Click over the jump for more on Lemon Jelly's Ramblin' Man.)
Fans of '70s children's TV will also be chuffed to find that the message "BAGPUSS SEES ALL THINGS" is spelled out midway through the song (beginning with Brixton about four minutes in), using the first letter of each location. Add to this the track's laid back summery groove and some lovely pedal steel. If it doesn't make you want to hop aboard the next available ferry then there's something wrong. Unfortunately there's no official video but it's not about the visuals. If you're familiar with Ramblin' Man now's the time to get re-acquainted. If you've not heard it before, click below, close your eyes and enjoy!