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HALLELUJAH! I'M A BUM (Lyrics: Harry McClintock / Melody: Traditional Hymn "Revive Us Again") Harry "Mac" McClintock - 1928 Vernon Dalhart - 1928 Arthur Fields - 1928 Jack Kaufman - 1928 "Lazy" Larry (aka Frank Marvin) - 1928 "Hobo" Jack Turner (aka Ernest Hare) - 1928 As recorded by HARRY McCLINTOCK: Rejoice and be glad for the Springtime has come We can throw down our shovels and go on the bum Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again The Springtime has come and I'm just out of jail Without any money, without any bail Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went to a house and I rapped on the door And the lady says, "Bum, bum, you've been here before" Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I like Jim Hill, he's a good friend of mine That is why I am hiking down Jim Hill's main line Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went to a house and I asked for some bread And the lady says, "Bum, bum, the baker is dead" Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Why don't you work like other men do Now, how can I work when there's no work to do Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Why don't you save all the money you earn If I didn't eat, I'd have money to burn Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I don't like work and work don't like me And that is the reason I am so hungry Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again ************************* As recorded by ARTHUR FIELDS: Be happy and gay for the Summer has come We can all quit our jobs and go out on the bum Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again They just let me out of the old calaboose Without any money they just turned me loose Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went to a house with a limp and a hop And the lady says, "Run, bum, or I'll call a cop" Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I only work when they send me to jail The next time they get me, I hope I get bail Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again My clothes are all ragged and my shoes are not shined When I walk on the main street, I always get fined Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went to a door and asked for some pie And the lady's young husband poked me in the eye Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I love little dogs, they are ????? ??? ???? But most ev'ry doggie grab me by the pants Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I take a bath if it's cold or it's hot On Saturday night, if I need it or not Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Work don't like me and I don't like work And that's why I'm happy and gay as a Turk Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again ************************* As recorded by "LAZY" LARRY (aka FRANK MARVIN): When Springtime does come, oh, won't we have fun We'll throw off our jobs and we'll go on the bum Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Oh, the Springtime has came and I'm just out of jail Without any money, without any bail Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went to a house and I knocked on the door A lady come out, said, "You've been here before" Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went to a house and I asked for some bread A lady come out, said, "The baker is dead" Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Oh, why don't you work like other men do How can I work when there's no work to do Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Oh, I love my boss and my boss loves me And that is the reason I am so hungry Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again ************************* ALTERNATE VERSES: I can't buy a job 'cause I ain't got the dough So I ride in a boxcar 'cause I'm a hobo Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Why don't you work like other folks do How can I get a job when you're holding down two Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went to a bar and I asked for a drink They gave me a glass and they showed me the sink Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Oh, I like my boss, he's a good friend of mine That's why I am starving out on the breadline Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again I went by a bar, I heard someone snore I found the bartender asleep on the floor Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again Well, I took a drink, I didn't pay Policeman he came and he took me away Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again The next day in court, whilst still in a haze The Judge looked at me and he said, "Thirty days" Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again We'll hop the fast freights, ride the fast mails When it's cold in the Winter, we'll sleep in the jails Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again ************************ Transcriptions by Mel Priddle - July 2012) *************************

    


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