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Homeward bound on the Rock Island line

This here's a story
About the Rock Island Line,
sung by Johnny Cash

"Well, the Rock Island Line
Runs from New Orleans going North
The train driver pulled
Up to the toll gate
The man asked him what all
They had on board

He said, I ain't got no pig iron
He said, whattaya got

He said, I got livestock
I got livesock, I got cows
I got pigs, I got chicks
I got cows, I got sheep
I got mules, I got all livestock
I got all livestock
I got all livestock

Man said, you're alright then
You go on through

So he went on through the tollgate
And as he went through
He started picking up
And a little bit of speed
Picking up a little bit of steam

As he went through, he says
Well, I fooled you, I fooled you
I got pig iron, I got pig iron
I got all pig iron, I got all pig iron
Let's move it for him now

Down the Rock Island Line
Is a mighty good road
Rock Island Line
Is the road to ride
Rock Island Line
Is a mighty good road
Well, if you ride
You got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station
On the Rock Island Line

Well, cloudy and lost
And it looks like rain
Around the curve
Come a passenger train

Yes, the Rock Island Line
Is a mighty good road
Rock Island Line
Is the road to ride
Rock Island Line
Is a mighty good road

Well, if you ride
You got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station
On the Rock Island Line

Then she goes on North and
When she crosses the
Flat land of Illinois
She picks up a little bit more speed

Oh, a, b, c, w, x, y, z
Cat's in the cupboard
But he don't see me

Down the Rock Island Line
A mighty good road
Rock Island Line
Is the road to ride
Rock Island Line
Is a mighty good road

Well, if you ride
You got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station
On the Rock Island Line

The Rock Island Line
A mighty good road
Rock Island Line
Is the road to ride
Rock Island Line
Is a mighty good road

Well, if you ride
You got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station
On the Rock Island Line"

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