I'm a Ramblin' Man

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"I'm a Ramblin' Man"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album The Ramblin' Man
B-side "Got a Lot Goin' for Me"
Released July 1974
Genre Country
Length 2:49
Label RCA
Writer(s) Ray Pennington
Producer(s) Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"This Time"
"I'm a Ramblin' Man"
"Rainy Day Woman"

"I'm a Ramblin' Man" is a song written by Ray Pennington. He recorded the song in 1967 for Capitol Records and took it to number 29 on the country charts.[1]

It was later performed by Waylon Jennings. "I'm a Ramblin' Man" was Waylon Jennings' second number one on the country chart and stayed at number one for a single week. [2] "I'm a Ramblin' Man" also appeared on the Australian charts.


The song is a warning to beware ramblers.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Ray Pennington[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 29

Waylon Jennings[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 75
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 81
Australian Kent Music Report 75


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 321. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 174. 
  3. ^ Randall, Alice; Carter Little; Courtney Little (2006). My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 92. ISBN 1-59555-860-8. 
  4. ^ Illegal name entered Ray Pennington/Ray+Pennington/chart?f=357 "Ray Pennington – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ray Pennington.
  5. ^ "Waylon Jennings – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Waylon Jennings.
  6. ^ "Waylon Jennings – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Waylon Jennings.
Preceded by
"I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me"
by Don Williams
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 28, 1974
Succeeded by
"I Love My Friend"
by Charlie Rich