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Jimmie Rodgers – Waiting For A Train lyrics

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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    Knox Siwash
    The song is about the Great Depression of the 1930s, when jobs were very scarce and workingmen caught rides on freight trains to go where there might be work, often in distant parts of the country, since they had no money for travel. Railroad police looked for them, but some railroad workers looked the other way. Water tanks were placed at intervals along rail lines to replenish the water for steam locomotives. Since trains stopped there, they were a place where the hobos (railroad bums) waited for them. Some of the men came to enjoy the freedom of riding the rails, and it became a way of life, about which many songs have been written.
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