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ROCKOLLECTIONS: THE 113TH HOBOS CONVENTION PT.1

"Movin' on, movin' on, movin' on...the steam engines beckoned as they built up momentum heading towards a new horizon, towards an adventure.
Many a man heard that call, when the rules become too hard to take.
This man, born to dream not conform, that man without a job and out of luck - they heard the call, movin' on...movin' on.
Hobos they're called, a word with as many possible origins as there are reasons to join the fraternity.
The Latin words homo bonus mean "good man" and could have been coined to make the term hobo.
Some say that soldiers returning from the Civil War would be asked where they were headed and they replied "homeward bound".
Migratory agricultural workers of the eighteenth century were referred to as "hoe boys", and since hobos worked as they traveled, it was concluded they were the original 'boes.
Ask a veteran hobo at a convention jungle what a hobo is and you'll receive a definite answer. The hobo is a migratory worker, some with a special skill or trade, others ready to work at any task, but always willing to work to make his way.
The tramp, they'll tell you, is a traveling non-worker, moving from town to town, but never willing to work for the handouts that he begs for.
A bum is the lowest class, too lazy to roam around and never works."
Misunderstood and mistreated, the wandering hobos have come to find understanding and friendship in the town of Britt, Iowa- which since 1900 has been the site of the Hobos Convention.
I present the first half of our Musical Salute To Hobos!
And I ask you, who else but me would even ATTEMPT such a show, lol?
 
Here are the links to join me in hopping a boxcar to Soundcloud or Podomatic, and begin our journey wondering where we are bound, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
 
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Mike

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 7, 2012 at 11:27am

This was cool. 

 

I'm not at all surprised that you started with Tom Paxton.  After all, he did open the store where John Sebastian bought the ladder that Bob Dylan held while The Beatles hung the moon. 

 

I love the song King Of The Road by Roger Miller, but I must say, in all my years of having heard that song, I never really listened to the lyrics.  I didn't realize what it was about.  More education by the Pell Master.

 

Most of this stuff is so depressing.  Then you play the Allman Brothers.  That's not depressing.  It gets you up and ready to go.  Good choice.

 

And finally, I'm sticking The Indigo Girls w/Annie DiFranco's version of Ramblin' Round with the Golden Pell.  Their voices sound great.  And I love it when a female covers a song that is sung from a man's point of view and she doesn't change that point of view.  That's cool in my book.

 

Later bro.

Comment by Jon on August 7, 2012 at 7:00am

When you started this with "Movin' on", I thought it was going to be a tribute to The Jeffersons.

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