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Hobo Bill's Last Ride

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Published on Oct 13, 2011

"Hobo Bill's Last Ride" was written and recorded in the early thirties by Jimmie Rogers AKA "The Singing Brakeman" and "The Blue Yodeler". I first heard this song from Merle Haggard's "Same Train, A Different Time: Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers" LP.
Rogers recorded it during the Depression when many men would hop on freight trains to travel to other towns in search of work. It was quite dangerous because the railroad police would beat them if they were caught or they could die of exposure. I'm sure "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" brought tears to many a mother's eye when they heard this.
I left out the last verse which is a bit much. "It was early in the morning when they raised the hobo's head, The smile still lingered on his face but Hobo Bill was dead, There was no mother's longing to soothe his weary soul
For he was just a railroad bum who died out in the cold."

I also bungled the last line of the third verse which should be "Hobo Bill the railroad bum was taking his last ride." Enjoy. - FK

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