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Royal Palm Special Blues

This song is by 'Sloppy' Henry and appears on the compilation Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Song (2012).

Royal Palm's at the station, all steamed up to go
Royal Palm's at the station, all steamed up to go
And the way that train's headed, headed on up the road

Fireman grabbed his shovel, engineer done toned his bell
Fireman grabbed his shovel, engineer done toned his bell
I got a gal that I'm lovin', cryin', "Don't you leave me here"

I said, blues, pulled me away from home
Blues pulled me away from home
I got a brown that I'm lovin', sure makin' me weep and moan

For this time, maybe another year, I said another year, oh my baby
For this time, mama, maybe another year
If I'm a-livin', woman, God knows I won't be here

I'm gonna moan, ain't gonna moan no more
I'm gonna moan, my baby, ain't gonna moan no more
You gonna miss me from knockin', bangin', woman, all on your door

I don't want no Northern gal fry no meat for me
I ain't scared but I'm skittish she might poison me
I got a gal in Alabama, one in Tennessee
I got a gal here in Atlanta and she's a fool about me