Collected by Parler and O'Bryant at Wild Cherry, Ark
Mr. Al Bittick Winkelman, Arizona September 3, 1958
Reel 360, Item 3
(The Railroad Bum)
All around the water tank,
Waiting for a train,
A thousand miles away from home, Sleenin' in the rain.
I walked up to a brakie To give him a line of talk.
He said, "If you've got money, 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 he slammed the boxcar door.
They put me off in Texas,
A state I dearly love,
The wide-open spaces around me,
The moon and the stars above.
Nobody seems to want me,
Or to lend me a helping hand,
I'm on my way from Frisco,
Going back to Dixie Land.
But my pocketbook is empty And my heart is full of pain,
A thousand miles away from home,
Just a-waitin' for a train.
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