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Hobo Life

This song is by Dave McCarn and appears on the split compilation Singers of the Piedmont (1974) by various artists.

Travelled o'er the Earth for ages, I've crossed the water deep and wide
I never thought to trade my wages, 'til the sweetest part of life rolled by
I never had a thought to marry, I never even had a girl
I only thought of roaming yonder, to the other side of the world
I never had a placid moment, I roamed around all my life
The best of my days I wasted, I'll never have a loving wife
I'm standing on the long steel railroad, but I'm moving on today
I hear a freight train a-comin', I'll soon be on my way
I never like to ask a favor, but remember me when I die
And bury me beside the railroad tracks so I can hear the train go by

When you take the rambling fever, don't you ever start to roam
But go to work and save your money, and you'll always have a home
Don't be a tired, hungry hobo, always on the long steel rails
You'll have to sleep beneath the shade trees, you'll have to sleep in dirty jails
You'll never have a happy moment, you'll always be on the pad
And when you get old and grizzled, what you've missed will make you sad
Now take my advice, young fellers, and don't you take the road that's wrong
For I hear a freight train a-coming, I'll soon be rolling along
I never like to ask a favor, but remember me when I die
And bury me beside the railroad tracks so I can hear the train go by

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