There are many reasons for becoming homeless and being a ‘hobo’ is one of them. A hobo is an itinerant, often impoverished, worker on the move. Other people are homeless through losing their jobs and many more through all kinds of circumstances they don’t choose…. escaping domestic violence, mental health issues, ex-servicemen, drug and alcohol problems. This Christmas, more people than ever before have nowhere to live and no alternative but to sleep rough on our city streets.
Releasing this song is Bristol-based Guy Calhoun’s hope that people will care enough to want to listen to and download his new single, “Hobo’s Christmas”. Based on the true story of two friends with very different lives, the message is one of hope and support when one of them falls on hard times. All profits from the sales are to be donated to charities helping the homeless.
“It can happen to any of us” says Guy “and when you can’t work because you are ill you suddenly have fewer choices; your priority is how to survive”. For those who have seen Ken Loach’s award-winning film “I, Daniel Blake” the difficulties of how to navigate the welfare system via food banks reveals how close to losing your home we all are. And for some people you may lose your life as well.
The homeless friend in “Hobo’s Christmas” died on the streets when he was only twenty-five years old. Guy recognizes that the enormity of rising homelessness is a shame and a scandal to all but that, as an individual, “you can’t do everything but you can do something”. This is his offering.