hobo in my mind lyrics – tom paxton

up on smoky mountain,
drinking from a soda fountain,
that’s where i was when i was,
a hobo in my mind.
hoppin’ freights and pickin’ dates,
gobblin’ beans from old tin plates,
it seems like years since i was just
a hobo in my mind.

[cho:]
it did no harm, it set my mind,
to dreamin’ of a way,
to get my hands on something,
that i had to find someday.
far beyond chicago,
somewhere where the longest trains go,
that’s where i was when i was,
a hobo in my mind.

(short instrumental break)

me and a couple of buddies,
we didn’t care if our shoes got muddy.
we didn’t care where the trains were bound,
we’d ride them rascals blind.
oh, maybe i was crazy,
maybe just my foolish ways,
but that’s where i was when i was,
a hobo in my mind.

[cho:]

/ tom paxton lyrics