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Andrew Bird – Railroad Bill lyrics

Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill
He never worked, and he never will
And it's ride, ride, ride

Railroad Bill's a mighty mean man
Shot the light out of the poor brakeman's hand

Railroad Bill, up on a hill
Lightin' a seegar with a ten-dollar bill

Railroad Bill took my wife
If I didn't like it, gonna take my life

Goin' on a mountain, goin' out west
Thirty-eight special stickin' out of my vest

Buy me a pistol just as long as my arm
Shoot everybody ever done me harm

Got a thirty-special in a forty-five frame
I can't miss cause I got dead aim

Railroad Bill, he ain't so bad
Whupped his mama, shot his old dad

Early one morning, standing in the rain
Round the bend come a long freight train

Railroad Bill a-comin' home soon
Killed Mcmillan by the light of the moon

Mcmillan had a special train
When they got there they was prayin'

Kill me a chicken, send me the wing
They think I'm workin', Lord, I ain't doin' a thing

Kill me a chicken, send me the head
Think I'm workin', Lord, I'm layin' in bed

Gonna drink my whiskey, drink it in the wind
The doctor said it'd kill me but he didn't say when

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