Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Railroad Bill cover

Railroad Bill
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Railroad Bill Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill
He never worked, and he never will,
And it's ride, ride, ride.
Verse 2
Railroad Bill's a mighty mean man
Shot the light out of the poor brakeman's hand
Verse 3
Railroad Bill, up on a hill
Lightin' a cigar with a ten-dollar bill.
Verse 4
Railroad Bill took my wife,
If I didn't like it, gonna take my life.
Verse 5
Goin' on a mountain, goin' out west
Thirty-eight special stickin' out of my vest.
Verse 6
Buy me a pistol just as long as my arm
Shoot everybody ever done me harm.
Verse 7
Got a thirty-special in a forty-five frame,
I can't miss 'cause I got dead aim.
Verse 8
Railroad Bill, he ain't so bad
Whupped his mama, shot his old dad.
Verse 9
Early one morning, standing in the rain
Round the bend come a long freight train.
Verse 10
Railroad Bill a comin' home soon
Killed McMillan by the light of the moon
Verse 11
McMillan had a special train
When they got there they was prayin'
Verse 12
Kill me a chicken, send me the wing
They think I'm workin', Lord, I ain't doin' a thing.
Verse 13
Kill me a chicken, send me the head,
Think I'm workin', Lord, I'm layin' in bed.
Verse 14
Gonna drink my whiskey, drink it in the wind
The doctor said it'd kill me but he didn't say when.

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