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If I Die a Railroad Man

This song is by The Tenneva Ramblers and appears on the compilation Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Song (2012).

Railroad is finished, cars on the track
Take my girl to Texas, I'll never bring her back

Fare you well, my darling, fare you well, my dear
Fare you well, my darling, I hate to leave you here

I see the train a-coming, coming around the bend
Puffing and a whistling, with a load of railroad men

Fare you well, my darling, fare you well, my dear
Fare you well, my darling, I hate to leave you here

If I die a railroad man, bury me under the tie
So I can hear old Number Nine as she goes rolling by

Fare you well, my darling, fare you well, my dear
Fare you well, my darling, I hate to leave you here

When I ride old Number Nine, I'll hear the whistle blow
Fare you well, my darling, I'll think of you no more

Fare you well, my darling, fare you well, my dear
Fare you well, my darling, I hate to leave you here

When I go to Texas, I won't be back till fall
And should I wreck old Number Nine, I won't be back at all

Fare you well, my darling, fare you well, my dear
Fare you well, my darling, I hate to leave you here

Recorded:

1928