Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hobo's Lullaby

Did hobos ride the rails along Walden Pond?

Go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Can't you hear the steel rails hummin'
That's the hobo's lullaby

I know your clothes are torn and ragged
And your hair is turning gray
Lift your head and smile at trouble
You'll find peace and rest someday

Now don't you worry 'bout tomorrow
Let tomorrow come and go
Tonight you're in a nice warm boxcar
Safe from all that wind and snow

I know the police cause you trouble
They cause trouble everywhere
But when you die and go to Heaven
You'll find no policemen there

So go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Listen to the steel rails hummin'
That's a hobo's lullaby

– Goebel Reeves

Covered by numerous singers, most notably Woody Guthrie, Goebel Reeves' Hobo's Lullaby is all but forgotten in an age where people are more inclined to be surfing the Internet as opposed to riding the rails. Wounded in Europe during the Great War, "The Texas Drifter" returned to America, rode the rails, wrote songs, kissed fame and died alone in a VA hospital in 1959.

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