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All around the water tank, waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home, sleeping in the rain
I walked up to a brakeman just to give him a line of talk
He said "If you got money, boy, I'll see that you don't walk
I haven't got a nickel, not a penny can I show
"Get off, get off, you railroad bum" and slammed the boxcar door

He put me off in Texas, a state I dearly love
The wide open spaces all around me, the moon and the stars up above
Nobody seems to want me, or lend me a helping hand
I'm on my way from Frisco, going back to Dixieland
My pocket book is empty and my heart is full of pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home just waiting for a train

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    Ed AlderferMay 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm
    Just heard "Waiting for a Train" on Brother Frank's WFIT blues show. I remember it going back to when I was a kid...that was long ago and yes we had radio but no TV. Shazam APP identified the artist as Boz Scaggs. I knew he wasn't that old. Turns out it was Jimmy Rogers and I found this on YouTube. Love it!!
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    Mike OwenApr 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm
    first white man to sing the blues when "western' was white code for "blues". You are not alone as many Mississippi folks do not like his music or have never heard of him.
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    UnregisteredDec 5, 2013 at 2:27 am
    This was the song my dad sang to us we were a kid. Lyrics in his version slight different but appropriate for a child. Both my sisters and i sang it to our kids and now our grand-kids. Dad died last year, and his version of waiting on a train will always be with me and generations to come.
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    Beth TennysonApr 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm
    Another opinion of mine that could get me run out of Lauderdale County...not a JR fan, but apparently many are. People come from all over during the Jimmy Rodger's Festival in Meridian.
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    UnregisteredDec 22, 2011 at 3:33 am
    When i was a child, i would ask my mother to sing this song to me as my bedtime story. I loved it then (late 1940's) and i love it now!

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