Rock Island Line Lyrics

Lonnie Donegan

publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Huddie Ledbetter
album: Track 3 in album Muleskinner Blues
release date:
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genres: Folk, World, & Country
length: 5:24
writer: Lead Belly

Cover Art

Lonnie Donegan Muleskinner Blues cover art
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Now this here's the story about the Rock Island Line
The Rock Island Line she runs down into New Orleasn
And just outside of New Orleans is a big toll gate
And all the trains that go through the toll gate
They gotta pay the man some money
But of course, if you got certain things on board
You're okay and you don't have to pay the man nothin
And just now we see a change comin down the line
When you come up to the toll gate
The driver, he shout down to 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, you alright boy just
Get on through, you don't have to pay me nothin
And then the train go through
And when he go through the tollgate
The train gotta have a little bit of steam
And a little bit of speed
And when the driver think he safely on the other side
He shouts back down the line to the man
I fooled you, I fooled you
I got pig iron, I got pig iron
I got all pig iron,
Now I'll tell you where I'm goin boy

Down the rock island line is a might good road
Oh the rock island line is the road to ride
The rock island line is a mighty good road

Well if you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station of the rock island line
Well I may be right, I may be wrong
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Hey you are safe within
The good Lord's comin to see me again


The cats on the cover but he don't see me


Track Listing

  • 1 Muleskinner Blues
  • 2 Please Don't Call Me in the Morning
  • 3 Rock Island Line
  • 4 When I Get Off This Feeling
  • 5 Fancy Talking Tinker
  • 6 I'm Alabammy Bound
  • 7 Stewball
  • 8 Skiffle
  • 9 The Welfare Line
  • 10 All Together Now
  • 11 I Don't Wanna Lose You
  • 12 Poker Club
  • 13 Spanish Nights
  • 14 Always From the Heart