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lyrics to bummin on the tmt line

GUEST,Arkansas Red-Ozark Troubadour 04 Dec 14 - 12:05 AM
Joe Offer 04 Dec 14 - 02:27 AM
Jim Dixon 04 Dec 14 - 06:05 PM
Joe Offer 04 Dec 14 - 06:31 PM
GUEST,Padre 04 Dec 14 - 10:38 PM
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Subject: lyrics to bummin on the tmt line
From: GUEST,Arkansas Red-Ozark Troubadour
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 12:05 AM

On an old Utah Phillips Loafer's Glory program I heard a lady singing a song about Bummin' on the TMT (or TNT) Line. I'd like to know where to find those lyrics if anyone could help. Thanks.
AR


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Subject: RE: lyrics to bummin on the tmt line
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 02:27 AM

Hi, AR - do you remember what program it was on, and maybe at about what time in the program?
-Joe-

Here's a list of programs from the entire run of Loafer's Glory:

http://thelongmemory.com/loafersglory.html


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HOBO FROM THE T&P LINE (Almoth Hodges
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 06:05 PM

I wonder if this is the song?

This is my transcription from Spotify; several words are uncertain.


THE HOBO FROM THE T&P LINE (PART 2)
As recorded by by Almoth Hodges on Brunswick 399, 1929
Found on "The Rose Grew Round the Briar: Early American Rural Love Songs, Vol. 1"

Now the sun had gone down; was on the force(?) side
I met a young man whose name was Will Wright
Says: "I'll give you a job if you'll put in good time.
You don't look like a bum from the T&P line."

So I hopped in his wagon and home we did go.
The job for me was buildin' fence.
The work it was easy and the grub it was fine,
Much better than that on the T&P line.

Mister Wright had a daughter the age of sixteen.
I thought her the fairest I ever had seen.
Her eyes was blue and her features was fine,
The girl for the bum on the T&P line.

Now at last we got each other to chat.
I'd help her pick ducks and do this and that.
I'd work in the garden and be there on time,
And fish in the lake by the T&P line.

At last I was summonsed to the office one day.
"What's that young man?" I heard a boy say.
"You're nothing but a bum all dressed up for the blind,
And beating your way on the T&P line."

"Now I do not know if that concerns you.
I do all the work you require me to do,
But if you don't like it, just hand me my dime,
And I'll be bumming on the T&P line."

I went by the house to bid Esther farewell.
Such grief and sorrow no tongues could tell.
Such tears in her eyes and also in mine.
" You are no bum from the T&P line."

So I struck a trod(?) right down the highway.
All I could think of was Esther that day.
I'll love her till later(?) and I'll see her sometime.
I'll bum my way to her on the T&P line.


(Part 1 was not on the same album.)


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Subject: RE: lyrics to bummin on the tmt line
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 06:31 PM

Come to think of it, Mark Ross sent me an index for the Loafer's Glory program. That should help.
I see
  • Rambling, Reckless Hobo (Bumming a Railroad Train)
  • The Conductor on the North Shore Line
  • The Northern Line
  • The Handouts on the PMT Line
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: lyrics to bummin on the tmt line
From: GUEST,Padre
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 10:38 PM

The T&P was the Texas and Pacific Railway Company, with its main line running from New Orleans to El Paso It was controlled for most of its existence by the Missouri Pacific. The T&P was the first railroad to operate the Lima works 2-10-4 locomotives which were referred to as "Texas"

Padre


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