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Mean Conductor Blues

This song is by Ed Bell and appears on the compilation album Ed Bell "Mamlish Blues" (1927-1930) (1992) and on the compilation Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Song (2012).

That same train, same engineer
That same train, same engineer
Took my woman away, Lord, left me standing here

My stroller caught a passenger, I caught the mamlish blind
My stroller caught a passenger, I caught the mamlish blind
"Hey, you can't quit me, ain't no need of tryin'"

"Hey Mr. Conductor, let a broke man ride your blind?"
"Hey, Mr. Conductor, let a broke man ride your blind?"
"You better buy your ticket, know this train ain't mine"

"I just want to blind it fur as Hagerstown
Say, "I just want to blind it fur as Hagerstown
When she blows for the crossing, I'm gwon' ease it down"

I pray to the Lord that Southern train would wreck
I pray to the Lord that Southern train would wreck
Pray they kill that fireman, break that engineer's neck

I was standin' here looking up at the rising sun
I was standin' here looking up at the rising sun
The train don't run, gwon' be some walkin' done