—— folk family and jam

hobo’s lullaby

Hobo's lullaby

Goebel Reeves

RA, Western, 2008

Go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Can't you hear the steel rails hummin'
That's a hobo's lullaby

I know your clothes are worn and ragged
And your hair is turning grey
Lift your head and smile at trouble
You'll find peace and rest some day

Now don't you worry about tomorrow
Let tomorrow come and go
Tonight you're in a nice warm box car
Safe from all that wind and snow

I know the police cause you trouble
They cause trouble anywhere
When you die you go to heaven
You'll find no policemen there


Don't know really.  I know we sang it once at one of the New Year sessions round at the Warrens in the 60s.  Bob Warren was a policeman, which added a bit of flavour to the fourth verse.  One of the British Council students was there too - from Egypt I believe - and he found the fourth verse a lot more daring than we did.

Performed by Woody Guthrie, but also by Arlo, EmmyLou Harris etc.