Roots of Bob

Only a Hobo

From the Bootleg Series liner notes (John Bauldie):

First published in Broadside magazine in March 1963, this is a more accomplished reworking of the subject of the earlier "Man on the Street". Once more, Dylan plundered the past for this song's melody and format, for "Only a Hobo" is an obvious adaptation of Aunt Molly Jackson's "Poor Miner's Farewell" (which is itself a restatement of several older, similar songs about, among others, dead sailors or cowboys). It also shares its tune with Woody Guthrie's "The Great Divide".

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