Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!

(2006)

"Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!" is the fourth song of George Crumb's Voices From a Forgotten World: American Songbook V.

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The audio recording provided in the audio playlist to the right features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The recording is from a live performance at Alice Tully Hall (New York City) on April 29, 2011 and has been used with permission. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!
Traditional Folk Song

Oh, why don’t I work,
Like other men do?
How the hell can I work
When the skies are so blue?

Hallelujah, I’m a bum!
Hallelujah, bum again!
Hallelujah, give us a handout
And revive us again!

Oh, springtime has come
And I’m just out of jail,
Without any money,
Without any bail.

Hallelujah, I’m a bum!
Hallelujah, bum again!
Hallelujah, give us a handout
And I’ll buy a nip of gin!

I knock’d on a door
To beg a scrap of bread,
Then a lady came out and says
The baker is dead.

Hallelujah, I’m a bum!
Hallelujah, bum again!
Hallelujah, give us a handout
And revive us again!

I don’t give a damn
What good people think,
So long as I got plenty
Of hooch to drink.

Hallelujah, I’m a bum!
Hallelujah, bum again!
Hallelujah, give us a handout
And I’ll buy a nip of gin!

Hallelujah, I’m a bum!
Hallelujah, bum again!
Hallelujah, give us a handout
And revive us again!

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