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Lyr Req: Two Hoboes (D Weissman/L Gellert)

24 Feb 05 - 06:30 PM (#1420097)
Subject: lyrcs rqd: Two Hobos by Dave Weissman
From: GUEST,L-Man

I am trying to get the words of Dave Weissman's "Two Hobos". Anyone out there have them, or know where they may be on the -I-net? A Google search has delivered nothing.
L-Man


25 Feb 05 - 06:59 AM (#1420495)
Subject: RE: lyrcs rqd: Two Hobos by Dave Weissman
From: Brian Hoskin

No luck with actually locating the lyrics, but the search I did suggests that it's 'Two Hoboes' written by Dick Weissman and Lawrence Gellert, recorded by Judy Roderick on Woman Blue (Vanguard), published by Ludlow Music.

Although the song is credited to Weissman / Gellert (BMI) the song was actually collected by Lawrence Gellert, but the lyrics aren't included in his (1936) Negro Songs of Protest.

However, I see on Stefan Wirz's website that a recording of the song has been issued, see here.

Hope this helps your search

Brian Hoskin


25 Feb 05 - 11:09 AM (#1420703)
Subject: Lyr Add: TWO HOBOES (Weissman/Gellert)
From: Peace

All I could find. It was from a site where someone asked for the lyrics and someone else posted the following.

Two Hoboes (Weissman/Gellert)

Railroad looks so pretty
Moonlights on the track
Yonder come two hoboes
With a rucksack on their back
Well it's oh babe, no home babe

Work on the Georgia road gang
90 days in the county jail
Run away from that ball and chain
With the houndogs on their trail
Well it's oh babe, no home babe

Clothes all torn to pieces
Nobody knows their name
Yes, they've travelled through a thousand towns
And they all look just the same
Well it's oh babe, no home babe

When you're broke and hungry
It's hard to keep the law
Rode all the way from New Orleans
Back to Arkansas
Well it's oh babe, no home babe

Railroad looks so pretty


25 Feb 05 - 11:11 AM (#1420706)
Subject: RE: lyrcs rqd: Two Hobos by Dave Weissman
From: Peace

I am guessing that the last lone line means maybe to repeat the first stanza. I have never heard the song. Hope this does it for you.

BM


25 Feb 05 - 04:15 PM (#1421004)
Subject: RE: lyrcs rqd: Two Hobos by Dave Weissman
From: Peace

PS

Thank you Brian. It was the Dave Weissman name that got me somewhere.


26 Feb 05 - 01:11 AM (#1421263)
Subject: RE: lyrcs rqd: Two Hobos by Dave Weissman
From: Peace

L-Man, is that it?


28 Feb 05 - 04:45 AM (#1422689)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two Hobos by Dave Weissman
From: Brian Hoskin

Just refreshing this in case L-Man hasn't checked back in since Brucie found the required lyrics.


01 Jan 07 - 04:23 PM (#1924233)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two Hobos (Dave Weissman)
From: GUEST

It's a beautiful song. I first heard it performed by the Journeymen.

Anybody have the chords to go with the lyrics?

Larry


22 May 12 - 03:33 PM (#3354438)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two Hobos (Dave Weissman)
From: GUEST,Lori Helms

The Journeymen recorded this song back in the 60s, and that's the version I am familiar with. I see a few things that need to be corrected in the lyrics you have above. In the second line it should be "moonlight" not "moonlights". And that recurring line at the end of each stanza should be "'ole Babe", not "oh babe". In the last stanza add the word "Goin'" before the line "back to Arksansas". The very last line is the first line repeated with the word "pretty" kind of trailing off into a long note. So don't repeat the whole stanza, just kind of let the word "pretty" fade out.

This is my favorite Journeymen song. I will try to get the chords for you. You can get the song on the CD "Very Best of the Journeymen". Here is a link to one place where it can be ordered: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=1009176&style=music

Here is my email address if you have any questions: helmswondermom@aol.com


16 Jun 14 - 11:46 AM (#3633593)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two Hobos (Dave Weissman)
From: GUEST

This song was recorded by the Limeliters, a folk group from the 70's. The lyrics above are those used by them and the last line is the last line, not a lead for the first verse. It is quite upbeat and well worth a play.

pjkrieger1231@gmail.com


27 Jun 14 - 11:36 PM (#3637257)
Subject: Lyr Add: TWO HOBOES (from Judy Roderick)
From: Jim Dixon

Spotify has TWO HOBOES recorded by the Journeymen on the album "Capitol Collectors Series." I listened, and the lyrics sound exactly like those that Peace posted back on 25 Feb 2005.

It also has this version:

TWO HOBOES
Lawrence Gellert / Dick Weissman
As sung by Judy Roderick on "Woman Blue" (1965, reissued 2006)

Railroad looks so pretty
Boxcars on the track
Yonder stands two hoboes
Their rucksack on their back
And it's oh, babe, no home, babe

When you ride the railroad
It's hard to heed [or "keep"?] the law
Rode all the way from New Orleans
Trouble's all they saw
And it's oh, babe, no home, babe

Worked on a Georgia road crew
Ninety days in the county jail
Broke away 'bout the break o' day
Trouble bound to find their trail
And it's oh, babe, no home, babe

Clothes all torn and ragged
No one knows their name
Must have traveled through a thousand towns
When you're broke, they all look the same
And it's oh, babe, no home, babe

Oh, babe, no home, babe