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Thread #76884   Message #3870830
Posted By: Joe Offer
10-Aug-17 - 03:07 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Hallelujah I'm a Bum
Subject: ADD Version: Hallelujah I'm a Bum
I came across the 1928 Harry McClintock recording this evening.


Rejoice and be glad, for the springtime has come,
We can throw down our shovels and go on the bum.

Hallelujah, I'm a bum; Hallelujah, a bum again;
Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again.

The springtime has come, and I'm just out of jail,
Without any money, without any bail.

I went to a house, and I rapped on the door,
And the lady says, "Bum, bum, you've been here before!"

I like Jim Hill, he's a good friend of mine,
That is why I am hiking down Jim Hill's mainline.

I went to a house, and I asked for some bread,
And the lady says, "Bum, bum, the baker is dead!"

Why don't you work like other men do?
Now, how can I work when there's no work to do?

Why don't you save all the money you earn?
If I didn't eat, I'd have money to burn.

I don't like work, and work don't like me,
And that is the reason I am so hungry.

Harry McClintock recording:

James Hill was chief executive of the Great Northern Railway