“The Saddle Tramp (Saddle Bum)”


Singer tells of life as a "saddle bum" or "saddle tramp," riding the grub-line, moving from ranch to ranch, singing for his keep. When things get cool, he "forks his bronc" and moves on. Over winter, he stays with his Neta, and promises to be true to her


The "grub line" or "chuck line" refers to the practice of offering itinerant cowboys or workers a few days' food and lodging as they passed through. - PJS


  • Harry Jackson, "The Saddle Bum" (on HJackson1)


Author: Curley Fletcher
Earliest date: 1931 (Curley Fletcher, "Songs of the Sage")
Found in: US(Ro)