Cisco Houston Hobo Bill cover

Hobo Bill
by Cisco Houston

Jan 1, 1953

Hobo Bill Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Riding on an eastbound freight train, speeding through the night,
Hobo Bill, the railroad bum, was a-fighting for his life.
Verse 2
As the train sped through the darkness, with raging storm outside,
Hobo Bill, the railroad bum, was taking his last ride.
Verse 3
The sadness of his eyes revealed the torture of his soul,
As he raised a weak and weary hand to brush away the cold.
Verse 4
Outside the rain was a-pouring on that lonely boxcar door,
And the little form of Hobo Bill lay still upon the floor.
Verse 5
He heard the whistle blowing in a dreamy sort of way,
The hobo seemed contented, for he smiled there where he lay.
Verse 6
It was early in the morning when they raised the hobo's head,
And the smile still lingered on his face, but Hobo Bill was dead.
Verse 7
There was no mother's longing to think of his weary soul,
He was nothing but a railroad bum who died out in the cold.

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