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T-Bone Slim

"The Mysteries of a Hobo's Life" (karaoke)

"The Mysteries of a Hobo's Life" (sheet music)


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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