♫ The Wanderer ♫

Fasten your seatbelts folks, for tonight we’re taking the time machine …back-to-the-future

No no no … not THAT time machine!!!  This time machine …

record-player

Now, where was I … oh yeah … turn the dials back to 1961.  I was ten years old, but I remember this one … still catch myself singing it every now and then.

This song was written by Ernie Maresca and originally recorded by Dion, aka Dion Francis DiMucci.  Maresca had co-written Dion’s previous number-one hit, Runaround Sue, but originally intended The Wanderer to be recorded by another group, Nino and the Ebb Tides. They passed on it in favor of another Maresca song, so Dion was given it as the B-side of his follow-up single, The Majestic. 

According to Dion …

At its roots, it’s more than meets the eye. “The Wanderer” is black music filtered through an Italian neighborhood that comes out with an attitude. It’s my perception of a lot of songs like “I’m A Man” by Bo Diddley or “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters. But you know, “The Wanderer” is really a sad song. A lot of guys don’t understand that. Bruce Springsteen was the only guy who accurately expressed what that song was about. It’s “I roam from town to town and go through life without a care, I’m as happy as a clown with my two fists of iron, but I’m going nowhere.” In the Fifties, you didn’t get that dark. It sounds like a lot of fun but it’s about going nowhere.

The song was later covered by such notables as The Beach Boys, Donna Summer, and Eddie Rabbit … I still like Dion’s version best.

The Wanderer
Dion DiMucci

Oh well, I’m the type of guy who will never settle down
Where pretty girls are, well you know that I’m around
I kiss ’em and I love ’em cause to me they’re all the same
I hug ’em and I squeeze ’em they don’t even know my name

They call me the wanderer
Yeah, the wanderer
I roam around, around, around

Oh well, there’s Flo on my left and then there’s Mary on my right
And Janie is the girl well that I’ll be with tonight
And when she asks me, which one I love the best?
I tear open my shirt and I show “Rosie” on my chest

Cause I’m the wanderer
Yeah, the wanderer
I roam around, around, around

Oh well, I roam from town to town
I go through life without a care
And I’m as happy as a clown
I with my two fists of iron but I’m going nowhere

Oh yeah, I’m the type of guy that likes to roam around
I’m never in one place, I roam from town to town
And when I find myself a-fallin’ for some girl
Yeah, I hop right into that car of mine and drive around the world

Yeah I’m the wanderer
Yeah, the wanderer
I roam around, around, around

Oh yeah, I’m the type of guy that likes to roam around
I’m never in one place, I roam from town to town
And when I find myself a-fallin’ for some girl
I hop right into that car of mine and drive around the world

Yeah, cause I’m a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around, around, around, around
Cause I’m a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around, around, around, around, around
Cause I’m a wanderer
I’m, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around, around

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Ernie Maresca
The Wanderer lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Ernest Maresca And Paula Simon Maresca Marital Trust

25 thoughts on “♫ The Wanderer ♫

      • I’ll start with classical, Water Music and the Four Seasons. Maybe Beethoven’s ninth. I will introduce Rodgers and Hammerstein (writing a post on that now), R&B, and the Beatles. That’s a wide range. Every year my class loves the music, and they are inspired to create art masterpieces. Yes, I have all the albums. For children, seeing it played on a record player makes the music come alive. It’s wonderful!

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        • Ooooohhhhh … some of my favourites in there! I think you are one of my few readers who actually like classical music! Water Music is among my faves, as is Pastorale. I also love Rodgers & Hammerstein … some of their soundtracks are likely, I think, to live on through the centuries. Recently I re-watched The Sound of Music, and not long ago, The King and I. We truly are of like minds!

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          • While my heart is most passionate about R&B, like the songs you post on your blog, I listen to classical in the car, and grew up with show tunes. Variety is the spice of life, and like minds think alike – right? 🙂 I’m having a hard time writing my Rodgers and Hammerstein blog post because I keep listing to the music and getting choked up. Yes, those will live on forever!

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