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Stewie Lyr Add: Railroad Blues (Sam McGee) (8) Lyr Add: RAILROAD BLUES (Sam McGee)^^ 28 Mar 00


RAILROAD BLUES
(Traditional)

Went to the depot, looked up on the board
Went to the depot, looked up on the board
It read good times here, but better down the road
(Falsetto yodel)

Well you caint do me, like you done poor Shine
You caint do me, like you done poor Shine
You took poor Shine's woman, but you sure lord caint take mine

Spoken: 'Here comes De Ford Bailey now with his harmonica'
[Instrumental passage]
'Tom Long comin' through Nashville with a load of pig iron'
[Instrumental passage]

Where was you, mama, when the train left the shed
Where was you, mama, when the train left the shed
'Standin' in my front door, wishin' I was dead'

Two little monkeys playin' up in a tree
Two little monkeys playin' up in a tree
One said to the other, 'Come on, let's make whoopee'

[Instrumental passage]

I met a little gypsy in a fortune telling place
I met a little gypsy in a fortune telling place
She read my mind, then she slapped my face

Source: recorded by Sam McGee in Richmond, Indiana, in August 1934. Reissued on Various Artists 'Train 45: Railroad Songs of the Early 1900s' Rounder CD 1143.
PS.

This was the great Sam McGee's signature song and guitar masterpiece – brimming with blues and ragtime echoes. It has been reissued already on several CD compilations, and Sam's entire 1920s and 1930s output is available on 'Sam McGee (1926-1934)' Document DOCD-8036. ^^


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