“The Hobo from the T & P Line”

Author: Almoth Hodges & Bob Miller?
Earliest date: 1929 (recording, Almoth Hodges w. Bob Miller's Hinky Dinkers)
Keywords: grief courting love rambling work boss worker hobo
Found in: US(SW)

Description

Singer, a hobo, gets a job in (Wellford). He courts the boss's daughter; the boss calls him "a bummer, all dressed up." Bidding farewell to the daughter, he sets off down the road with tears in his eyes, vowing to return

Long description

Singer, a hobo, lands in (Wellford), is hired by a boss who gives him easy work and treats him well. He and the boss's daughter court; the boss calls him in, saying, "They say you're a bummer, all dressed up." Singer tells boss he does his work well; if the boss doesn't like it, he'll leave. Bidding farewell to the daughter, he sets off down the road with tears in his eyes, vowing to return

Notes

The "T & P" was the Texas and Pacific Railroad. - PJS

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