This is one of my favorite songs in this style. I learned the song from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and it was one of the most popular songs from the movie. It’s an old hobo song that was originally recorded back in the 1920s. Over the years the bum lyrics have been replaced and cleaned up in some more modern versions (e.g. cigarette trees have become peppermint trees, etc.).

 

My first arrangement contains the backup that I played throughout my own recording, which is similar to the Harry McClintock recording from 1928. Note that the first 21 measures are just the intro at the beginning of the song. The actual first verse begins at measure 22.

 

The arrangement below is what I played on the guitar break after singing the 2nd verse.

 

Here’s the 1928 Harry McClintock recording…