"Rock Island Line" as written by and Huddie Ledbetter....
I got goats
I got sheep
I got a horse
I got cows
I got horses
I got all livestock
I got all livestock

Before agent Raymond get by, when he get by
He gotta go on TV going on now
I fooled you, I fooled you
I got an iron, I got all pigiron
I got all pigiron, Rock Island Line

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, Rock Island Line it's the road to ride
Oh, Rock Island Line it's a mighty good road
If you want to ride it, you have to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line
Jesus died to save our sins, hooray to God
We're going to meet him again!

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's the road to ride
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's a mighty good road
If you want to ride it, you have to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

I may be right or may be wrong
Do you wanna miss me when I'm gone

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's the road to ride
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's a mighty good road
If you want to ride it, you have to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

A, B, C, W, X, Y and Z
Cats in the cupboard, but they don't want to see me!

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's the road to ride
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's a mighty good road
If you want to ride it, you have to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's the road to ride
Oh, the Rock Island Line it's a mighty good road
If you want to ride it, you have to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line


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"Rock Island Line" as written by Huddie Ledbetter

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    General CommentLeadbelly has that weird blues voice that keeps you coming back for more.
    sakeboxon May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOne of the all time greats for sure, although to be honest I think I prefer the Lonnie Donegan version. The lyrics (and it would nice if they were all there) tell the story of a train driver deceiving the guy collecting tolls; beyond that, what does it signify? It creates an image of the American south which is hugely evocative, and the sense of freedom and release contained in the gleeful description of the train driver's getaway suggest someone who screws the system and gets away with it; in that sense, it's about freedom, overcoming repression, and is perhaps even slightly revolutionary.
    ntwjoneson January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere are numerous versions of this Song by leadbelly, The best of which is the one he recorded with the Golden Gate choir. On some versions he sings about all of the life stock he has at the beggining of this song.
    FackingHellon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat Rock Island Line train, coming back this a-way. A traindriver, he pulls up to the toll-gate and the man hollers nicely what all he had on board, and he said:

    I got cows, I got horses, I got hogs, I got sheep, I got goats, I got all live stock, I got all live stock!

    Well, they said, you’re all right boy, you don’t have to pay no toll, and they gonna let that train on by. So, he goes on through the toll gate and as he goes through, he starts pickin’ up a little bit of speed, pickin’ up a little bit of steam. He got on through and he turns to look back at the man, and he says:

    I done fooled ya!
    I fooled you!
    I got pig iron,
    I got pig iron!
    I got pig iron
    mgajoshon January 27, 2015   Link

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