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Origins: Hobo's Lullaby (Goebel Reeves)

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HALLELUJAH I'M A BUM
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HOBO'S LULLABY


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Nuttby London 28 Mar 97 - 10:44 PM
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Joe Offer 15 Aug 16 - 02:47 AM
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Subject: Hobo's Lullaby
From: Nuttby London
Date: 28 Mar 97 - 10:44 PM

Part go's - Go to sleep you weary Hobo Let the town's go drifting by etc.


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Subject: RE: Hobo's Lullaby
From: Bill
Date: 29 Mar 97 - 02:54 AM

Howdy,

It's in DT correctly credited to Goebel Reeves (since Woody Guthrie dd sing it, I've heard many people say that Woody Guthrie wrote it). Check Hobo's or Lullaby or hobolull.

Allinkausay, Bill


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Subject: RE: Hobo's Lullaby
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 31 Mar 97 - 05:54 PM

Good recording of this on Arlo's "Hobo's Lullaby" album on Reprise records from the early 70s. (In fact, this is pretty much a "must have" disc, containing Arlo's versions of "City of New Orleans", "Shackles and Chains", Dylan's "When the Ship Comes In", "Anytime", Hoyt Axton's "Lightnin Bar Blues", "Days Are Short", Woody's "1913 Massacre"; an embarassment of riches, to be sure!)


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Subject: Chords needed: hobo's lullabye
From: annamill
Date: 04 Jun 99 - 02:23 PM

I was listenening to Utah Phillips this morning while I was getting ready for work. This is the first time I ever heard his stories and music. He reminded me of a song I heard in the 60's and still goes through my head now and then. It's called Hobo's Lullabye. I found the words in the database, but it doesn't have the chords. Can someone help me with this?

Thank you in advance, annap


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Subject: RE: Chords needed: hobo's lullabye
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 04 Jun 99 - 02:37 PM

Beautiful song Anna. It was the theme song for Gobel Reeves, the WSM Hobo back in the thirties. Try these.

G////C//AM//D7////G//(D7)//
G////C//AM//D7////G////
rick


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Subject: RE: Chords needed: hobo's lullabye
From: annamill
Date: 04 Jun 99 - 02:44 PM

Thank you Rick. I'll be able to do the chords and timing, I hope, but I remember an undercurrent that sounded like wheels of a train ahummin'. I think it's going to be awhile before I can do that.

annap


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Subject: Hoboes lullaby
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 00 - 09:07 PM

Anyone know the chords to Hoboes lullaby? Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Hoboes lullaby
From: JamesJim
Date: 29 Jan 00 - 10:24 PM

D-----------------------G Go to sleep you weary Hobo

A7---------------------------D Let the towns drift slowly by

----------D7-------------------------G Can't you hear the steel rail hummim'(?)

A7----------------------D That's the hobo's lullaby


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hobo's Lullaby
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Aug 16 - 02:47 AM

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:

Hobo's Lullabye

DESCRIPTION: "Go to sleep you weary hobo, Let the town drift slowly by. Listen to the steel rails humming, That's the hobo's lullabye." The hobo is urged not to think about tomorrow, to ignore the police (who will not be found in heaven), and to remember mother's love
AUTHOR: Goebel Reeves
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (recording, Goebel Reeves)
KEYWORDS: hobo rambling lullaby
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Silber-FSWB, p. 410, "Hobo's Lullabye" (1 text)
DT, HOBOLULL*

Roud #16629
RECORDINGS:
Goebel Reeves, "Hobo's Lullabye" (Champion 45181, 1936); (Vocalion 02828, 1934)
NOTES: Although composed, this has become so popular that I think it qualifies as a genuine folk song. Woody Guthrie, for instance, was very fond of it, and many people must have learned it from his singing. - RBW
File: FSWB410C

Go to the Ballad Search form
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The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


...and the Digital Tradition lyrics. Any corrections?

HOBO'S LULLABY (from DT)
(Goebel Reeves)

Go to sleep, you weary hobo
Let the town drift slowly by;
Listen to the steel rails humming
That's the hobo's lullaby.

Do not think about tomorrow;
Let tomorrow come and go.
Tonight you have a nice warm boxcar
Free from all the ice and snow.

I know the police cause you trouble,
They make trouble everywhere;
But when you die and go to heaven,
Well, you won't find police there.

Now do not let your heart be troubled
If the world calls you a bum;
'Cause if your mother lives, she loves you
Well, you are still your mother's son.

Note: tune is a harmony to Just Before the Battle, Mother
copyright Fall River Music, Inc.
@hobo @lullaby
filename[ HOBOLULL
TUNE FILE: HOBOLULL
CLICK TO PLAY
RG


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hobo's Lullaby (Goebel Reeves)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 15 Aug 16 - 05:49 AM

A lovely song. These are the words on the Woody Guthrie website;

HOBO'S LULLABY
Words and Music by Goebel Reeves

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

 


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Source: http://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Hobos_Lullaby.htm


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