Hobo Bill's Last Ride
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


Riding on the eastbound freight train, speeding through the night
Hobo Bill the railroad bum was fighting for his life
The sadness of his eyes revealed the torture of his soul
He raised a weak and weary hand to brush away the coal

No warm lights flickered round him, no blankets there to fold
Nothing but the howling wind, the driving rain so cold
When he heard a whistle blowing in a dreamy kind of way
The hobo seemed contented for he smile there where he lay
Outside the rain was falling on that lonely boxcar door
But the little form of Hobo Bill lay still upon the floor
As the train sped through the darkness and the raging storm outside
No one knew that Hobo Bill was taking his last ride

It was early in the morning when they raised the hobo's head
The smile still lingered on his face but Hobo Bill was dead
There was no mother's longing to soothe his weary soul
For he was just a railroad bum who died out in the cold

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kaushik rahman

Hobo Bill-why
Riding on that eastbound freight train speeding through the night
Hobo Bill a railroad bum was fighting for his life
The sadness of his eyes revealed the torture of his soul
He raised a weak and weary hand to brush away the cold
Hobo Bill
No warm lights flickered round him no blankets there to hold
Nothing but the howling wind and the driving rain so cold
When he heard a whistle blowing in a dreamy kind of way
The hobo seemed contented for he smiled there where he lay
Hobo Bill
Outside the rain was falling on that lonely boxcar door
But the little form of Hobo Bill lay still upon the floor
While the train sped through the darkness and the raging storm outside
No one knew that Hobo Bill was taking his last ride
It was early in the morning when they raised the hobo's head
The smile still lingered on his face but Hobo Bill was dead
There was no mother's longing to soothe his weary soul
For he was just a railroad bum who died out in the cold



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Pagan Morph

I was a kid in Liverpool UK and my grandfather rebuilt an old windup gramophone for my 12th. birthday. We had some old acetate 78's which we used to play for laughs. (military marches and some old Hawaiian music.)  One day I was at a loose end and found myself walking down a back alley behind my home. It was the day the local binman was calling to empty bins and some houses had put some stuff out,  just next to their bins. I spotted a 78 record in it's original cardboard cover and I took it home. it was clean and in good condition. I played it on the old windup and it was Jimmie Rodgers  singing Hobo Bill's Last Ride. I was mesmerised and had never heard anything like his mournful singing and yodelling. Some years later on I was in the British Army in Germany. There was an American Airforce outfit at our base and they had a services shop much like the British NAAFI. I was, by then a country music fan and this USAF shop stocked imported country music. I went there regularly to buy stuff. Jim Reeves, Hank Snow, Web Peirce, Hank Thompson, Ferlin Huskey, Hank Locklin, and Marty Robbins. I built up a good collection. I never forgot Jimmie Rodgers though and I was over the moon when I found some new RCA imports at the shop- A whole new remastering of Jimmies output had been reissued onto L.P's and I got the lot!  Still got them all today, though I have JR on CD's now. I still have that old 78 I found too, a treasured item that started me off on a long and happy musical education. Many thanks for posting this song.

gary olsen

Really good story.

Clint Walls

Thats when you got Hillbilly Fever!!😃

Adalberto Trevor

@Swampy hi there!

Adalberto Trevor

@Linda walkden Walkden hi there!

Linda walkden Walkden

I heard Jimmie one time singing when the cactus is in bloom. Iam the dry proud owner of most of Jimmies songs and I still struggle a rod his chords and I am 74 years of age

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Potemkin0

Simply brilliant. Today's so-called 'celebrities' could learn a great deal from such an unpretentious performer

LaidIsGentleMen

I love Jimmie's voice on this recording. Very tender and touching. Sounds a little like Dylan in the late sixties.

Allen Booth

It could be that Jimmie Rodgers influenced Bob Dylan somewhat.

Richard Schock

Interesting, the "first song i ever heard" was while I was in my shell in the Allentown General Hospital -- pediatric division -- and Buffalo Springfield was performing at The Great Allentown Fair across the street, playing "Soul Man" which motivated and inspired me to start pounding on the walls of my shell and break out cuz I wanted to hear more classics!

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