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Rock Island Line

Now this here's the story about the Rock Island Line
Well the Rock Island Line she runs down into New Orleans
There's a big toll gate down there and you know if you got certain things on board when you go through the tollgate well you dont have to pay no toll
Well the train driver he pulled up to the tollgate and the man hollered and asked him what all he had on baord and he said

I got livestock I got livestock I got cows I got goats I got sheep I got mules I got all livestock

Well they said You all right boy, you dont have to pay no toll you can just go right on through

He went on through the tollgate and as he went through he started picking up a little bit of speed, picking up a little steam and he got on through turned back and he said to the man
Well I fooled you I fooled you I got pig iron I got pig iron I got all pig iron


Well the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
If you ride it got to ride like it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line

Cloudy in the West and it loooked right rain
Around the curve comes a passenger train
Northbound train on a southbound track
He's all right leaving but he wont be back


I may be right and I may be wrong but
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Well the engineer said before he died
There's just two drinks he would like to try
Conductor said what could they be
A hot cup of coffee and a cold glass of tea


As recorded on #120 "The Song Train"

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