“Hobo Bill's Last Ride”


"Riding on an eastbound freight train, speeding through the night, Hobo Bill, a railroad bum, was fighting for his life." Bill dies alone and is found with a smile on his face, but none mourn; "he was just a railroad bum who died out in the cold."


  • Gene Autry, "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" (Supertone 9702)
  • Frank Marvin, "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" (Banner 773/Domino 4601/Jewel 6024/Challenge 785/Romeo 1388/Conqueror 7592 [all as Frankie Wallace], 1930) (Brunswick 474, rec. 1930)
  • Jimmie Rodgers, "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" (Victor 22421, 1930; rec. 1929/Montgomery Ward 4210)


  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 393-396, "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7513
  3. BI, LRai393


Author: Waldo O'Neal (born 1908, according to Cohen)
Earliest date: 1929 (recording, Jimmie Rodgers)
Keywords: death hobo