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Railroad Boy 1

Traditional


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

Minnesota Party tape 1961, Minneapolis MN - May 1961  

She went upstairs to make her bed
And not a word to her mother said
Her mother she went upstairs too
Saying, "Daughter, oh daughter what's troubling you?"

"Oh mother, mother i cannot tell
That railroad boy that i love so well
He's courted me my life away
And now at home no longer stays."

There is a place in London town
Where my love goes and sits him down
And takes a strange girl on his knees
And he tells to her what he won't tell me.

Her father he came home from work
Saying, "Where's my daughter, she seems so hurt"
He went upstairs to give her hope
And found her hanging by a rope.

He took his knife and cut her down
And on her bosom these words he found.

Go dig my grave both wide and deep
Put a marble stone at my head and feet
And on my breast put a white snow dove
To warn the world that i died of love. 
    

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Railroad Boy 2


23 May 1976
VIDEO ... CHILE (vinyl bootleg)

Rolling Thunder Revue 2, Fort Collins CO - 23.may.1976 
     & various dates and places 1976/w/Joan Baez 

She went upstairs to make her bed
And not one word to her mother said
Her mother she went upstairs too
Saying "Daughter oh daughter, what's troubling you?"

Oh mother oh mother I cannot tell
It's that railroad boy that looks so well
He's courted me my life away
And now at home I long to stay.

There is a place in London town
where my love goes and he sits there down
And he takes a strange girl on his knee
And he tells to herwhat he won't tell me.

Her father he came home from work
Saying, "Where's my daughter, she seems so hurt"
He went upstairs to give her hope
And he found her hanging by the rope.

He took a knife and he cut her down
And on her bosom these words he found

Go dig my grave both wide and deep.
Put a marble stone at my head and feet
And on my grave put a snowwhite dove
To tell the world she died of love. 
    

Recording dates & record list

May 1961 1 THE MINNESOTA TAPES (bootleg)
THE MINNEAPOLIS PARTY TAPE
23 May 1976 VIDEO ... CHILE (vinyl bootleg)