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Rock Island Line

This song is by Lonnie Donegan and appears on the compilation album Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology 1955-1967 (2002).

Version 1

Now this here's the story about the Rock Island Line
The Rock Island Line she runs down into New Orleasn
And just outside of New Orleans is a big toll gate
And all the trains that go through the toll gate
They gotta pay the man some money
But of course, if you got certain things on board
You're okay and you don't have to pay the man nothin'
And just now we see a change comin' down the line
When you come up to the toll gate
The driver, he shout down to the man
I got pigs, I got horses, I got cows
I got sheep, I got all livestock, I got all livestock
I got all livestock
The man say, you all right boy just
Get on through, you don't have to pay me nothin'
And then the train go through
And when he go through the tollgate
The train gotta have a little bit of steam
And a little bit of speed
And when the driver think he safely on the other side
He shouts back down the line to the man
I fooled you, I fooled you
I got pig iron, I got pig iron
I got all pig iron
Now I'll tell you where I'm goin' boy

Down the rock island line is a might good road
Oh the rock island line is the road to ride
The rock island line is a mighty good road

Well if you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station of the rock island line
Well I may be right, I may be wrong
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Down the rock island line is a might good road
Oh the rock island line is the road to ride
The rock island line is a mighty good road

Hey you are safe within
The good Lord's comin' to see me again

Down the rock island line is a might good road
Oh the rock island line is the road to ride
The rock island line is a mighty good road

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The cats on the cover but he don't see me

Down the rock island line is a might good road
Oh the rock island line is the road to ride
The rock island line is a mighty good road

Version 2
Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
Oh the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you're flyin'
Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line

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Cat's in the cupboard and she cain't find me

Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
Oh the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you're flyin'
Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line

Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong
Lawd you gonna miss me when I'm gone

Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
Oh the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you're flyin'
Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line

Jesus died to save our sins
Glory to God I'm gonna see Him again

Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
Oh the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you're flyin'
Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line

Moses stood on the Red Sea shore
Smotin' the water with a two-by-four

Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
Oh the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you're flyin'
Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line

Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
Oh the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line
If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you're flyin'
Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line

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Written by:

Huddie Ledbetter

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