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​Railroad Porter Blues

This song is by Sylvester Weaver and appears on the album Sylvester Weaver Vol. 2 (1927) (1992).

Hear that bell ringin'? Keeps me 'wake all night long
Hear that bell ringin'? Keeps me 'wake all night long
Ain't no time for sleepin', something's always goin' on wrong

Folks keep yellin', "Rastus, pull the window down, please"
Folks keep yellin', "Rastus, pull the window down, please"
"With that snow a-fallin', somebody's surely going to freeze"

Mmmmmmm. Hear how that whistle blows
Mmmmmmm. Hear how that whistle blows
It's blowing like it don't have to blow no more

Shinin' shoes till morning, got no place to lay my head
Shinin' shoes till morning, got no place to lay my head
When I get through slavin', Lord, I'm almost dead

Babies start cryin', then they take me to be a nurse
Babies start cryin', then they take me to be a nurse
I gets almost drownded, then what could be worse?

Poor railroad porter hates to leave his wife at home
Poor railroad porter hates to leave his wife at home
'Cause she starts to cheatin' just as soon as he is gone