Rock Island Line
Written by Huddie Leadbetter




Now this here's a story about the Rock Island Line,
Well the Rock Island Line she runs down into New Orleans,
There's a big tollgate down there and you know,
If you got certain things on board when you go through the tollgate,
Well you don't have to pay the man no toll,
Well a train driver he pulled up to the tollgate,
And a man hollered and asked him what all he had on board and said:

"I got cows, I got pigs, I got sheep, I got mules,
I got all live stock, I got all live stock, I got all live stock".

Well he said "You're alright boy you don't have to pay no toll,
You can just go right on through so he went on through the tollgate",
And as he went through he started pickin' up a little bit of speed,
Pickin' up a little bit of steam,
He got on through he turned and looked back at the man he said"

"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, she's a mighty good road,
The Rock Island Line it's the road to ride,
Oh the Rock Island Line, it's a mighty good road,
Well if you wanna' ride it, gotta ride it like you find it,
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line.


Looked cloudy in the west and it looked like rain,
Round the curve came a passenger train,
North bound train on a southbound track,
He's alright a leavin' but he won't be back.



Oh 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 were two more drinks that he'd like to try,
The conductor said "What could they be?"
"A hot cup of coffee and a cold glass of tea".


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