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Homeless Songs

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Subject: Homeless Songs
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 12:58 PM

Did a quick check and I don't think there has been a thread on this topic.

Here is one simply called "Homeless" by Guy Clarke. Not sure who is singing it.
Adrien


http://youtu.be/8gyO2USeQNk


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 01:00 PM

Oops!
I guess the singer is Shawn Camp.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 03:07 PM

I am sure there are plenty. Songs for, by and about hobos and tramps and in some cases migrant workers come to mind.

From wikipedia

Songs
Musicians known for hobo songs include Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Utah Phillips, Jimmie Rodgers, Seasick Steve, and Boxcar Willie.

Examples of hobo songs include:

"Big Rock Candy Mountain" by Harry McClintock, recorded by various artists including Tom Waits, Lisa Loeb, The Restarts and Harry Dean Stanton.
"Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" recorded by Harry McClintock, Al Jolson, and others
"Hard Travelin'" and "Hobo's Lullaby" by Woody Guthrie
Here Comes Your Man by the Pixies is about hobos travelling on trains in California and dying because of earthquakes.[22]
"Hobo" by The Hackensaw Boys
"Hobo Bill", "I Ain't Got No Home" and "Mysteries of a Hobo's Life" by Cisco Houston
"Hobo Bill's Last Ride" by Jimmy Rogers, also recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
"Hobo Blues" and "The Hobo" by John Lee Hooker
"Hobo Chang Ba" by Captain Beefheart
"Hobo Flats" by Oliver Nelson
"Hobo Jungle" by The Band
"Hobo Kinda Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
"The Hobo Song" by John Prine also covered by Johnny Cash
"Hobo's Lullaby" (aka "Weary Hobo"), written by Goebel Reeves, recorded by various artists including Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, and Ramblin' Jack Eliot
"Hobos on Parade" by Shannon Wright
"I Am a Lonesome Hobo", "Only a Hobo" and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie" by Bob Dylan
"Jack Straw" by Robert Hunter and Bob Weir
"Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet" a recording of a hobo singing on a London street, by composer Gavin Bryars.
"King of the Road" by Roger Miller
"Kulkurin Valssi" (Hobo Waltz) by Arthur Kylander
"Lännen lokari" (Western Logger) by Hiski Salomaa
"Last of the Hobo Kings" by Mary Gauthier
"Like a Hobo" by Charlie Winston
"Mary Lane" by Fred Eaglesmith
"Morning Glory" by Tim Buckley lyrics by Larry Beckett
"Papa Hobo" and "Hobo's Blues" by Paul Simon
"Ramblin' Man" by Hank Williams Sr.
"Streets of London" by Ralph McTell
"Waiting for a Train" by Jimmie Rodgers
"Hopscotch Willie" by Stephen Malkmus


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 03:43 PM

poor wayfaring stranger
ain't got a home in this?? no more
Sullivan's John
Loch Sheil?? Side
Dan O'Hara


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 03:49 PM

Danville Girl
Mister and Mississippi


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: GUEST,Dave Illingworth
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 04:12 PM

Best version of Guy Clark's "Homeless" is by......Guy Clark.
Don McLean had a song "Homeless Brother"   -   a good song. In fact he sang it at last year's BBC Folk Awards (after he finally got his guitar in tune,,,,,)


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 04:49 PM

I still sing the old Charley Poole song "May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister?"
In DT


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: GUEST,Seayaker
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 06:52 PM

Homeless Wassail

It's in the DT


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 07:03 PM

There are some great songs l;isted there VirginiaTam.

Always liked "The Hobo Song" by John Prine.
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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: 12-stringer
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 07:06 PM

Tramp on the Street and its precursor, Only a Tramp


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: beeliner
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 01:11 AM

Amazing that no one has mentioned "Ain't Got No Home" by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, a HUGE hit of the late 1950's.


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Newport Boy
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 04:17 AM

For a real protest, rather than a blues, how about the song from the BBC/Ken Loach play 'Cathy Come Home'. I thought I had already posted the lyrics a while ago, but I can't find it now. I'll try to add them at the end of the week.

Phil


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:38 AM

Might be too obvious, but how about 'Streets of London', might have been done to death, but still a superbly written song. And if you want something with more of an 'edge' to it, how about the Levellers song 'Cardboard box city'
John


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: GUEST,Barnacle (at work)
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:42 AM

What about Ewan McColl's "Go, Move, Shift" and "The Terror Times" - both about travelling people?


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Beer
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 08:05 AM

There are some new ones to me coming in. I don't know "Cathy Come Home", "Cardboard City' nor "The Terror Times". Hope I can find the lyrics and melody of these.
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Subject: Lyr Add: CATHY COME HOME
From: Newport Boy
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 08:54 AM

Here's the lyrics of 'Cathy Come Home'. I have posted them before. The song was used as a background to the Wednesday Play on BBC TV, a broadcast that was the direct inspiration of the charity 'Shelter'. There's a short clip from the start of the film here but the song comes later in the film. The sad thing is that it is almost as relevant today as it was 45 years ago - so much for progress.

CATHY COME HOME

I'd like to know just why they pay
A pound or fifteen bob a day
To a woman with a kid to keep.
It barely makes six quid a week.
I'd like to tell you of the men
Who work all hours that God can send
For a wage that barely buys
The neccessities of life.

I want to tell you what it's like
For a woman on her own.
I'd like to tell you people
What it's all about.

I'd like to know just who decides
How much it costs to keep alive,
How much his fellow men should get,
But doesn't count their self respect.
I know they've got enough to eat,
A roof above, somewhere to sleep,
But there's more to life than living.
There's more to life than that.

I want to tell you what it's like
For a family on the dole.
I'd like to tell you people
What it's all about.

I'd like to know how much is spent
To study our environment,
When it's bloody obvious what we lack
In terraces built back-to-back.
I'd like to know why we can't have
A garden, a bath, an inside lav,
Good schools, good roads and decent shops,
Parks and trees and grass.

I want to tell you what it's like
On the other side of town.
I want to tell you people
What it's all about

I'd like to know just what to do
To put across our point of view.
We're tired of being pushed around,
Of waiting in the queue.

I'd like to tell you what it's like
I feel you ought to know.
I'd like to tell you people
What it's all about.

I'd like to see some changes made.
I'd like to see the wages paid
Improved for every one of us,
Not just the chosen few.
I'd like to know the reason why
We're born to live, but live to die.
I'd like to know the answers,
But no-one wants to tell.

I'd like to tell you what it's like,
It's something you should know.
I'd like to tell you people
What it's all about.


From the BBC Wednesday Play, 1966. Director: Ken Loach.

I'll try and sort the music later

Phil


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 09:10 AM

Paul Simon's 'Homeless'?

DtG


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Beer
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 10:29 AM

Tramp on the Street by Hank Williams.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 10:48 AM

Go to sleep you weary hobo Emmylou harris


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 12:07 PM

Lou and Peter Berryman have a song about the right 'to live in your car.'

How about 'King of the Road'? Not actually homeless, just about a guy who never settles down.


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Bert
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 04:17 PM

Ramblin' Boy by Tom Paxton
While London Sleeps


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Subject: RE: Homeless Songs
From: Beer
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 04:29 PM

Phil Collins - "Another Day In Paradise"
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