Tramp (II), The

DESCRIPTION: "I'm a broken-down man without money or friends... I wisht I had never been born." The tramp reports that people constantly tell him to get a job, but none will offer a job. He recalls another tramp thrown off a train and killed on the track
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (recording, McGee Brothers); a version was printed c. 1880 in _De Marsan's Singer's Journal_
KEYWORDS: hobo death hardtimes unemployment
FOUND IN: US(MW,So) Canada(Newf,Ont)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Cohen-LSRail, pp. 347-350, "Because He Was Only a Tramp" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Dean, p. 71, "The Tramp's Lament" (1 text)
Randolph 843, "The Tramp" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 48, "Broken-Down Sport" (1 text)

Roud #4305
Jack Edwards, "The Tramp" (Supertone 9711, 1930)
Leo Gooley, "The Tramp" (on ONEFowke01)
McGee Brothers, "The Tramp" (Vocalion 5171, 1927)

cf. "Remember the Poor Tramp Has to Live" (plot)
NOTES [63 words]: Cohen theorizes that this started as two songs, one about a tramp who can't find work, the other about a tramp thrown from a train and killed. As evidence he prints a version which lacks the dying tramp stanzas. This seems not unlikely, but until we find a version of the song with the tramp thrown from the train *without* the other part, there isn't much point in splitting. - RBW
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File: R843

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