A hobo is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond, especially one who is penniless.Today we call them “structurally unemployed,” and nobody writes songs about them much.
“Hobo's Lullaby” was a Depression-era folk song written by Goebel Reeves, known as “The Singing Drifter,” and later recorded by -- off the top of my head -- Woody Guthrie (as part of the legendary Asch Recordings series of the mid-1940s), Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Emmylou Harris. Alas, some artists occasionally leave out the verse about policemen. (Like “This Land is Your Land,” "Hobo's Lullaby" has verses that not everyone seems anxious to hear today.)
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