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​Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)

This song is by Sleepy John Estes and appears on the Compilation album Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Volume 2: 2 August 1937 To 24 September 1941 (1990) and on the compilation Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Song (2012).

Now, when I left for Ripley, the weather was kinda cool
Now when I left fo' Ripley, the weather was kinda cool
Said boys, y'all be careful, prob'ly you might catch the flu

Now, I swung that manifest, I went down in that freight rail box
Now I hung that manifest, I went down in that freight rail box
Now I couldn't hear the special agent when he come tippin' over the top

Now them special agents up the country, sure is hard on a man
Now them special agents up the country, they sure is hard on a man
Now they will put him off when he hongry, and won't even let him ride no train

Now, I was settin' down in Centralia, and I sure was feelin' bad
Now, I was settin' down in Centralia, and I sure was feelin' bad
Now they wouldn't let me ride no fast train, they put me off on a doggone drag

Now special agent, special agent, put me off close to some town
Special agent, special agent, put me off close to some town
Now I got to do some recording and I oughta be recording right now

Recorded:

1938