Collected by George Lay, Jr. Mr. George Lay
Heber Springs, Ark. January 1959
Reel 361, Item 3
(All Around the Water Tank)
"This as another one we picked up in the jungle. After the mulligan had been cooked in the cans at hight, we'd sit around and sing these old songs."
All around the water tank,
Waiting for a train,
I'm a thousand miles away from home,
Just sleeping in the rain.
Well I walked up to the brakie And I handed him a line of talk;
He said, "If you've got money, I'll see that you don't walk.
Well 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.
Well they put me off in Texas,
A state I dearly love,
The wide-open spaces all around me,
The moon and the stars above.
Nobody seems to want me,
Or to lend me a helping hand,
I'm a thousand miles away from home Just waiting for a train.
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