The Mysteries of a Hobo’s Life (T-Bone Slim)

“The Mysteries of a Hobo’s Life” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Mysteries of a Hobo’s Life” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: T-Bone Slim.
Tune: “The Girl I Left Behind Me.”


I took a job on an extra gang
Way up in the mountains;
I paid my fee and the shark shipped me;
And the ties, I soon was counting.

The boss put me to driving spikes;
And the sweat was enough to blind me;
He didn’t seem to like my pace;
So I left the job behind me.

I grabbed a hold of an old freight train
And ’round the country traveled;
The mysteries of a hobo’s life
To me were soon unraveled.

I traveled east, and I traveled west,
And the “shacks” could never find me;
Next morning, I was miles away
From the job I left behind me.

I ran across a bunch of “stiffs,”
Who were known as Industrial Workers;
They taught me how to be a man
And how to fight the shirkers.

I kicked right in and joined the bunch;
And now, in the ranks, you’ll find me;
Hurrah for the cause; to hell with the boss
And the job I left behind me!

Hurrah for the cause; to hell with the boss
And the job I left behind me!


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