I Am A Lonesome Hobo

I am a lonesome hobo
Without family or friends
Where another man’s life might begin
That’s exactly where mine ends
I have tried my hand at bribery
Blackmail and deceit
And I’ve served time for ev’rything
’Cept beggin’ on the street

Well, once I was rather prosperous
There was nothing I did lack
I had fourteen-karat gold in my mouth
And silk upon my back
But I did not trust my brother
I carried him to blame
Which led me to my fatal doom
To wander off in shame

Kind ladies and kind gentlemen
Soon I will be gone
But let me just warn you all
Before I do pass on
Stay free from petty jealousies
Live by no man’s code
And hold your judgment for yourself
Lest you wind up on this road

Specifications

  • Copyright: © 1968 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1996 by Dwarf Music
  • Recording date: 6 November 1967 - Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
  • Writer(s): Dylan
  • Released: 1967
  • (First) Album Release: John Wesley Harding
  • Also on: The Original Mono Recordings

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