Rock Island Line

Lonnie Donegan

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Lonnie Donegan

Anthony James "Lonnie" Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a Scottish-born skiffle musician, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is known as the "King of Skiffle" and is often cited as a large influence on the generation of British musicians who became famous in the 1960s. The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums states Donegan was "Britain's most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles. He chalked up 24 successive Top 30 hits, and was the first UK male to score two U.S. Top 10s". more »


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2005
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Now this here's the story about the Rock Island Line
The Rock Island Line she runs down into New Orleans
It's just outside of New Orleans is a big toll gate
You know 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 and he says

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, 'Well, 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 and he says

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
The rock island line is the road to ride, yeah
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
I may be right, I may be wrong
You know, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone

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
If you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it get your ticket at the station 
Of the rock island line

Hey you, are safe within
The good Lord's comin' to see me again
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
If you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it get your ticket at the station 
Of the rock island line

A, B, C, W, X, Y, Z
The cats on the cupboard but he don't see me

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
If you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it get your ticket at the station 
Of the rock island line

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
If you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it get your ticket at the station 
Of the rock island line

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Written by: LONNIE DONEGAN

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