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Bob Dylan Only a Hobo Lyrics

Last updated: 10/15/2013 07:28:05 AM

As I was out walking on a corner one day,
I spied an old hobo, in a doorway he lay.
His face was all grounded in the cold sidewalk floor
And I guess he'd been there for the whole night or more.

Only a hobo, but one more is gone
Leavin' nobody to sing his sad song
Leavin' nobody to carry him home
Only a hobo, but one more is gone

A blanket of newspaper covered his head,
As the curb was his pillow, the street was his bed.
One look at his face showed the hard road he'd come
And a fistful of coins showed the money he bummed.

Only a hobo, but one more is gone
Leavin' nobody to sing his sad song
Leavin' nobody to carry him home
Only a hobo, but one more is gone

Does it take much of a man to see his whole life go down,
To look up on the world from a hole in the ground,
To wait for your future like a horse that's gone lame,
To lie in the gutter and die with no name?

Only a hobo, but one more is gone
Leavin' nobody to sing his sad song
Leavin' nobody to carry him home
Only a hobo, but one more is gone

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Only A Hobo | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 10/15/13

Only a Hobo by Bob Dlylan displays a subtle satire. If you look closely, and are sensitive to the sound of compassion in Bob's voice, you could find it. The hidden beauty in this song is relevant to how our Lord feels about those who are strangers, hungry and thirsty, sick and/or in prison as expressed in Matthew 25:31-46
Athough the lyrics are "He was only a hobo", and most of society would act like the hobo wasn't worthy of being noticed. This song writer expressed that someone noticed him, even though the hobo's life was obviously gone. Bob Dylan gave him a memorium. His memory lives every time this song is heard. The lyrics: . . "Only a hobo, but one more is gone,
Leaven' nobody to sing his sad song"
was what Bob must have been thinking when he decided to "sing his sad song". So also, the next line is "Leavin' nobody to carry him home" may have touched his heart to give him a proper burial.

Matthew 25:31-40
"When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him. Then, He shall sit upon the throne of His glory, And He shall say to those on His right Hand, 'Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry and you gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink: I wasa stranger, and you took Me in: Naked, and you clothed Me: I was sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came unto Me.'
Then, shall the righteous answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when saw we Thee hungry and fed Thee? or thirsty and gave Thee drink? When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? ' And the King shall answerand say unto them, "Verily I say unto you, 'Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren you have done it unto Me."
"He was only a hobo" what does that mean, it meant enough to Bob for him to be one of the few people in this whole wide world to have a song written about him by one of the greatest song writers and poets of our time! It meant enought to Jesus to bear his sins at the cross"For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into this world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him would be saved."
John 3:16-17
"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously everyday: And there was a certain beggar named Laz'a-rus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man died, also, and was buried; And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham far away, and Laz'a-rus in Abraham's bosom. And he cried and said, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Laz'a-rus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame."
But Abraham said, "Son, remember that thou in thy life time received good things, and likewise Laz'a-rus evil things: but now he
is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence."
Luke 16:19-26