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Lyrics by: Leadbelly
# Debut Chart
8 Mar '56 Top 100

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Now this here's the story About the Rock Island Line Now the Rock Island Line's a railroad line And it runs down into New Orleans And just outside of New Orleans Is a big toll gate and all the trains That go through the toll gate, why They got to pay the man some money Unless of course, they've Got certain things on board Then they okay, and they Don't have to pay the man nothing Right now we see a train She's coming on down the line And when she get up near to the toll gate The depot, he shout down to the driver He wanna know what he got on board So he say, uh What you got on board there, boy And the driver, he sing right On back down to the depot And tell him what he got on board Here the way he sing I got sheep, I got cows I got horsies, I got pigs I got all livestock I got all livestock I got all livestock And the man say, well He say, you all right then, boy You don't have to pay me nothing Just get em on through


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So the train go through the tollgate And as he go through He got up a little bit of steam And a little bit of speed And when he's safely on the Other side of the tollgate The, the driver shout Back down the line to the man Cause he don't care what he say now Going home, going down The Rock Island Line Say but I fooled you I fooled you I got pig iron, I got pig iron I got all pig iron He said, tell you where I'm going, boy I'm going down the Rock Island Line Yes, yes, she's a mighty good road Oh, well, the Rock Island Line She's a mighty good road The Rock Island Line Is the road to ride Yeah, the rock island line She's a mighty good road And if you want to ride You gotta ride it like you find it Get your ticket at the station On the Rock Island Line Well, I may be right I may be wrong I know you're gonna miss me When I'm gone Down the Rock Island Line She's a mighty good road The Rock Island Line Is the road to ride Yeah, the rock island line She's a mighty good road And if you want to ride You gotta ride it like you find it Get your ticket at the station On the Rock Island Line A, B, C, W, X, Y, Z Cat's in the cupboard But he don't see me Down the Rock Island Line She's a mighty good road The Rock Island Line Is the road to ride Yeah, the rock island line She's a mighty good road And if you want to ride You gotta ride it like you find it Get your ticket at the station On the Rock Island Line Hallelujah, I'm safe Seeing the good Lord's coming For to see me again See me coming And the the Rock Island Line She's a mighty good road The Rock Island Line Is the road to ride Yeah, the rock island line She's a mighty good road And if you want to ride You gotta ride it like you find it Get your ticket at the station On the Rock Island Line Rock Island Line She's a mighty good road The Rock Island Line Is the road to ride Yeah, the rock island line She's a mighty good road And if you want to ride You gotta ride it like you find it Get your ticket at the station On the Rock Island Line

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