On The Bum
If you are having a hard time getting back into the daily grind after the long holiday weekend you’re not alone. All day long my mind wandered to that relaxing island on the river.
I have always admired the freedom represented by the hobo. The songs of Harry McClintock have been a regular part of my repertoire for many a year. Harry McClintock (October 8, 1882 - April 24, 1957), was a songwriter and union organizer. A lifelong Wobblie, as the Industrial Workers of the World were known, Harry is credited as the first person to record fellow Wobblie and folk hero, Joe Hill's "The Preacher and the Slave". McClintock's radio and recording career took off when he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he hosted a daily children's program on KFRC called "Mac and his Gang" calling himself "Haywire Mac". He also had a novelty cowboy band called Mac and his Haywire Orchestry.
Harry McClintock worked all of his life in a variety of occupations. At various times he was a seamen, muleskinner, railroader, cowboy, sheep herder, and union organizer. It's ironic that he is most often remembered for his songs about folks who do not work. Perhaps, like me, he looks upon these folks with a bit of envy.
Let’s dedicate this post-Labor Day week to those whose mornings aren't interrupted by an alarm clock.
Not one of Harry McClintock’s songs. I just like it and it fits today’s theme.
Harry McClintock recorded several versions of the Hobo Song. Chicago songster and co-owner of the legendary Earl of Old Towne, the late Fred Holstein combined the verses of several of Harry’s recordings and called it Hobo Songs.