Hobo Life (Dave McCarn) (1930)

Traveled o’er the earth for ages,

I’ve crossed the waters deep and wide;

I never thought to save my wages

Till 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 happy 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 a long steel railroad,

But I’m moving on today.

I hear a freight train a-coming,

I’ll soon be on my way.

I never like to ask a favor,

But remember me when I die,

And bury me beside a railroad track

So I can hear the trains roll by.

When you take a 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 and hungry hobo

Always on the long steel rail.

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;

When you get old and grizzled,

What you’ve missed will make you sad.

Now take my advice, young fella,

And don’t you take the road to trouble.

For I hear a freight train a-coming,

I’ll soon be rolling along.

I never like to ask a favor,

But remember when I die

And bury me beside a railroad track

So I can hear the trains go by.

via Hobo Life (Dave McCarn) (1930).

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