"Poor Boy Blues" or "Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home" is a traditional blues song of unknown origin. As with most traditional blues songs, there is great variation in the melody and lyrical content as performed by different artists. However, there is often a core verse containing some variation of the line "I'm a poor boy a long way from home." The song is often associated with a slide guitar accompaniment.
The song is often cited as one of the oldest in the blues genreEvans, D. Big Road Blues: Traditional and Creativity in the Folk Blues. 1987Palmer, R. Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta. 1982
Many artists have recorded versions, including:
Barbecue Bob - "Poor Boy a Long Ways from Home" (Columbia 1927)