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I've Been Working on the Railroad

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About I've Been Working on the Railroad

This song was adapted late in the 19th century either from an African-American spiritual about working on a Mississippi River levee or from an old Irish hymn. Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah was a separate song that was later tagged onto the end.

Lyrics to I've Been Working on the Railroad

I've Been Working on the Railroad

I've been working on the railroad
All the live long day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away
Can't you hear the whistle blowing
Rise up so early in the morn
Can't you hear the Captain shouting
"Dinah blow your horn"

Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow your horn
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow your horn

Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Someone's in the kitchen I know
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Strummin' on the old banjo

Fee, fie, fiddle-ee-i-o
Fee-fie fiddle-ee-i-o
Fee, fie fiddle-ee-i-o
Strummin' on the old banjo

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Video of I've Been Working on the Railroad

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Compact Disc with I've Been Working on the Railroad

This song is available on the compact disc:
Ballad of America Volume 2: America Singing
I've Been Working on the Railroad is on the album Ballad of America  Volume 2: America Singing

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