I had to quit rail roadin' We didn't agree at all There was always something wrong With the Southern Cannon Ball. [Chorus] Odle ayee adle eedle Ayee odle eedle ayee. I once loved a maiden She was fair and tall Her father was the engineer On the Southern Cannon Ball. She promised she would wed me In the merry month of June And go to the magic islands To spend our honeymoon. At last my dreams were shattered When she put me off with a stall She said the whistle was broken On the Southern Cannon Ball. I loved this girl sincerely So I fixed the whistle back The next thing she told me Was, "The caboose is off the track." For days and nights I labored To get it back with the train All was ready for the "hop-off" When, the bell refused to ring. I fixed the bell in a jiffy And called for Preacher Dunn Who married us in a boxcar But the train refused to run.