A version of the folk song "Railroad Bill" from Alan Lomax's The Folk Songs of North America.
Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill, He never worked and he never will,
CHORUS: They lookin' for that bad Railroad Bill, or O ride, ride, ride
Railroad Bill was a mighty bad man, Shot the light out the brakeman's hand. (Chorus)
Railroad Bill cut a mighty dash, Shot MacMillan by a lightnin' flash. (Chorus)
Mrs. MacMillan she whooped and squawled, 'That's my husband, for I heard him fall.' (Chorus)
I went down on No. 1, Railroad Bill had just begun. (Chorus)
I come back on No. 2, Railroad Bill had just got through. (Chorus)
An' just as I caught ol' No. 4, Somebody let fly with a 44. (Chorus)
I come back on No. 5, Gonna git him dead or alive. (Chorus)
Railroad Bill was a mighty sport, Shot all the buttons off the sheriff's coat. (Chorus)
Railroad Bill, goin' down the hill, Lightin' cigars with a five-dollar bill. CHORUS: Ride on, Railroad Bill.
Railroad Bill say, before he died, He would build a railroad for the bums to ride. CHORUS: Ride on, Railroad Bill
Published August 7, 2007
Last updated August 7, 2007