The Songs He Sang
Hobo Blues: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
Music and Lyrics adapted by Woody Guthrie, from Bed on the Floor
I Ain't Got No Home lists it as "Verses by Cisco Houston"Appears on:
- LP LP Legendary Cisco Houston
You can wash my jumpers and starch my overalls You can catch that train that they call the Cannonball From Baltimore to Washington From old Baltimore to Washington boys Old Baltimore to Washington Old Baltimore to Washington From Baltimore to Washington Well the hoboes know me up and down the line But they don't know the troubles on my mind I guess they got troubles too Well I guess they got troubles too boys I guess they got troubles too I guess they got troubles too Well maybe they got troubles too And the police know me everywhere I land But they do not know the worries on my hand But maybe they got worries too Well I guess they got worries too boys I guess they got worries too I guess they got worries too Well maybe they got worries too Well, I'm going out west, I'm going out west this fall If my luck don't change well I won't be back at all From Baltimore to Washington Hums From old Baltimore to Washington From Baltimore to Washington
The words don't look like much when removed from Cisco's wonderful singing and playing. This is a splendid performance, worthy of being remastered and certainly among the very best of the Vanguard Years. The same song appears with Woody singing on Muleskinner Blues, Volume 2 of the Asch Recordings, with a different first verse but the same wonderful guitar. He must have liked this tune, for he plays it with a gusto that is a treat.