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Mark Ross Origin: The Girl I Left Behind Me (61* d) RE: Origin: The Girl I Left Behind Me 19 Oct 19


The tune was also used by IWW songster T-Bone Slim (Valentine Matthew Huhta) for the Wobbly song THE MYSTERIES OF A HOBO'S LIFE (aka THE JOB I LEFT BEHIND ME).

I took a job on an extra gang, away up on the mountain,
I paid my fee and the boss shipped me and the ties I soon was countin.
The boss he set me driving spikes and the sweat was enough to blind me
He didn't seem to like my pace so I left that job behind me.

I grabbed a hold of a an old freight train,around the country traveled
and the mysteries of a hobo's life were soon to me unraveled.
I traveled east and traveled west, and the "shacks" could never find me
Next morning I was miles away from the job I left behind me.

And I ran across a bunch of stiffs who were known as Industrial Workers,
They taught me how to be a man and how to vite the shirkers.
I kicked right in and the joined the bunch and now in the ranks you'll find me,
Hurrah for the cause, to Hell with the boss, and the job I left behind me!

Mark Ross


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