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STEEL RAIL BLUES (Gordon Lightfoot) Gordon Lightfoot - 1966 George Hamilton IV - 1966 Jim Croce - 1966 Wally Whyton - 1968 Spanky & Our Gang - 1970 Mac Wiseman - 1977 Deanie Richardson & Second Fiddle - 1990 Sweethearts Of The Rodeo - 1993 Also recorded by: Fretknot; Count Basie. Well, I got my mail late last night A letter from a girl who found the time to write To her lonesome boy somewheres in the night She sent me a railroad ticket, too To take me to her lovin' arms And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love Well I bin out here many a long days I haven't found a place that I could call my own Not a two-bit bed to lay my body on I bin stood up, I bin shook down I bin dragged into the sand And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love Ooooh-oooo-oo-whu-hu-hoo Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-oo Well I bin up tight most every night Walkin' along the streets of this old town Not a friend around to tell my troubles to My good old car, she done broke down 'Cause I drove it into the ground And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love Well, I look over yonder across the plain The big drive wheels are poundin' along the ground Gonna get on board and I'll be homeward bound Now I ain't had a home cooked meal And Lord, I need one now And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love Ooooh-oooo-oo-whu-hu-hoo Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-oo *Well, here I am with my head in the sand* Standin' on the broad highway, will you give a ride To a lonesome boy who missed the train last night I went in town for one last round And I gambled my ticket away And the big steel rail won't carry me home to the one I love Ooooh-oooo-oo-whu-hu-hoo Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-oo Ooooh-oooo-oo-whu-hu-hoo Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-oo Yee-hee-heee * The first line of the last verse is alternatively sung as "Now here I am with my hat in my hand" Jim Croce sung "head in the sand" and the Gordon Lightfoot website currently lists the same, but the lyric on his album 'Lightfoot' are "Now here I am with my hat in my hand." (Contributed by Andy & Mogg - November 2002)

    


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