Tant par sa musique que par certains passages de son texte et par sa prosodie, on reconnaît immédiatement à l’écoute de cette chanson le I Ain’t Got No Home de Woody Guthrie, que l’on trouve sur ce site. D’une chanson de résignation religieuse, Guthrie a fait une chanson de dénonciation et de révolte devant l’injustice. Mais en elle-même, l’affirmation que ce monde est invivable porte sa part de révolte. La version de la Carter Family, enregistrée en 1931, est significative de toute une tradition piétiste de la chanson populaire.

CAN’T FEEL AT HOME

This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through
My treasures and my hopes are all beyond the blue;
Where many Christian children have gone on before,
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Over in glory land there is no dying there
The saints are shouting Vict’ry and singing everywhere.
I hear the voice of Nell that I have heard before
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Oh Lord, You know I have no friend like you
If Heaven’s not my home, Oh Lord what would I do?
Angels taken me to Heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Heaven’s expecting me that’s one thing I know
I fixed it up with Jesus a long time ago
He will take me through though I am weak and poor
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Oh I have a loving mother over in glory land
I don’t expect to stop until I shake her hand
She’s gone on before just waiting at heaven’s door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Oh Lord, You know I have no friend like you
If Heaven’s not my home, Oh Lord what would I do?
Angels taken me to Heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.