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Railroad Bill 1

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May 1961
cd imgTHE MINNESOTA TAPES (T-318)
cd imgTHE MINNEAPOLIS PARTY TAPE

  Minnesota Party tape 1961, Minneapolis MN - May 1961  

Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill,
He never worked and he never will.
I'm gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

Railroad Bill, he was a mighty mean man.
He shot the midnight lantern out the brakeman's hand.
I'm gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

Railroad Bill took my wife.
Said if I didn't like it, he would take my life.
I'm gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

Going up on the mountain, going out west.
Thirty eight special sticking out of my vest.
I'm gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

I've got a thirty eight special on a .44 frame.
How in the world can I miss him when I've got dead aim.
I'm gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

Buy me a pistol just as long as my arm.
Kill everybody ever done me harm.
I'm gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

Honey honey, think I'm a fool.
Think I would quit you when the weather is cool.
I'm gonna ride old Railroad Bill.  up
    

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Railroad Bill 2 (uncomplete)


Railroad Bill, he's so bad
Killed his nine ...............
Ride old Rairoad Bill.

Rairoad Bill took my wife
'F i had said a word he'd taken my life
Gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

Railroad Bill, he's a-comin' down the hill
Lighting cigars with a ten dollar bill
Ride old Rairoad Bill.

Two policemen all dressed in black
Come out of nowhere walkin' down the track
An' they're lookin' for Railroad Bill.

Railroad Bill, comin' down on a fence
Robbin' a passenger train for sixteen cents
Gonna ride old Railroad Bill.

Railroad Bill got in a gamblin' game
Shot a man not that he was to blame
When you lose, you might learn to lose.

He's got in a jail house singin' W... blues
[Sent all your friends / Same old pants] in their passenger shoes
When you lose, you may learn to lose.

Railroad Bill, he's mighty bad a man
Shot a lantern from a brakeman's hand
Just to see the man suffer pain.

Ride, ride, ride, ride.  up
    

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Railroad Bill 3


4 Mar 1970
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 10 ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT [1969-1971]

  Self Portrait recording session 5, Columbia Studios, NYC - 4.mar.1970  

Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill
He never worked and he never will
An' it's ride, ride, ride.

Railroad Bill, he was a mighty mean man
He shot the midnight lantern out of the brakeman's hand
An' it's ride, ride ride.

Railroad Bill, you know he took a wife
Said if I didn't like it, he would take my life
I'm gonna ride, ride, ride.

Goin' up the mountain, goin' out west
.38 special stickin' out of my vest
I'm gonna ride, ride, ride.

Find me a pistol just as long as my arm
An' shoot anybody who does me any harm
I'm gonna ride, ride, ride.

Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill
He never worked and he never will.
Ride, ride, ride.

Honey, honey, honey, think that I'm a fool
Think I would quit you when the weather is cool
Ride, ride, ride.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

May 1961 1 THE MINNESOTA TAPES (b)
THE MINNEAPOLIS PARTY TAPE
4 Mar 1970 3 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 10 ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT [1969-1971]