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Johnny Horton Lyrics
"Rock Island Line"

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Now this here's the story about the Rock Island Line
Now the Rock Island Line she run down into New Orleans
Just before you get into New Orleans why they got a big toll gate
Where you gotta pay the man just so much
Course, if you got certain things on board you're okay
You don't have to pay the man nothin'.

Right now we see a train she pull into the station
The man he stick his head out the window
And he yelled down at the man
I got pigs, I got horses, I got cows
I got sheep, I got all livestock, I got all livestock
I got all livestock.

The man say, boy you okay
You go on through, you don't have to pay nothin'
So the man he go on through
The train get on down away from the station a little bit
Why he started pickin' up a little bit of steam
He started pickin' up a little bit of speed.

The driver think he safely out of sight
Of the man so he stick his head out of the window
And he yelled back down the line at the man
Well, I fooled you, I fooled you
I got pig iron, I got pig iron
I got all pig iron, (hey, hey.)

Now I'll tell you where I'm goin' boy
Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line.

The cat's on the cover but he don't see me
Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line.

Well, I may be right, I maybe wrong
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line.

Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line...
This song is from the album "Johnny Horton 1956-1960 [Bear Family (Germany)]", "Johnny Horton 1956-1960 [Bear Family (Germany)]", "Johnny Horton on Stage [Columbia]", "The Unforgettable Johnny Horton [Harmony]", "The World of Johnny Horton [Columbia]", "Johnny Horton Legend [Sony]", "Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride [Scena", "Rockin' Rollin' Horton [CCL]", "The Battle of New Orleans [Harmony]" and "The Legend".