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My Man's a Jolly Railroad Man

This song is by Moonshine Kate and appears on the compilation American Roots: A History of American Folk Music (1999) and on the compilation The Iron Horse: Vintage Railroad Songs, 1926-1952 (2005).

My man's a jolly railroad man, folks all call him shorty
He never works at anything else, tomorrow he'll be forty
An engineer is what he is, for him I'll go the limit
So try and beat him if you can, his engine's never timid

My man's a jolly railroad man, his engine's number eleven
If you want a better man, you'll have to go to heaven
For anything he undertake is always on the square
The only thing he asks of you, be sure and pay your fare

His hand upon the throttle stick, his head out the cab
He gave that hack the all-gone, girls, the brake rods nearly dragged
He gazed upon his fireman as soon he starts to moan
He'll tell you, boys, you all thank then our dear old home sweet home

My man's a jolly railroad man, his engine's number eleven
If you want a better man, you'll have to go to heaven
For anything he undertakes is always on the square
The only thing he asks of you, be sure and pay your fare

The telegraph poles as he rode by look like teeth in a comb
The engine sways on all eight wheels, red hot around the dome
O'er hill and dale we roll with speed by streams like White Street River
A pair of wings is all we need to take our prayer to heaven

My man's a jolly railroad man, his engine's number eleven
If you want a better man, you'll have to go to heaven
For anything he undertakes is always on the square
The only thing he asks of you, be sure and pay your fare

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