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I've Been Working on the Railroad
(American Folk Song)
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I've Been Working on the Railroad
Folk Song

I've Been Working on the Railroad - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


I've been workin' on the railroad
All the livelong day
I've been workin' on the railroad
Just to pass the time away
Can't you hear the whistle blowin'
Rise up so early in the morn
Can't you hear the captain shouting
"Dinah, blow your horn".

Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow your horn
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow your horn.

Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Someone's in the kitchen I know
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Strummin' on the old banjo,
Singin' "Fe Fi Fiddly I Oh,
Fe Fi Fiddly I Oh,
Fe Fi Fiddly I Oh,"
Strummin' on the old banjo.

Notes

This song has been around since the 19th century and is believed to have originated in the U.S.

Comments

According to Wikipedia: "This song is a very familiar nursery rhyme in Japan, with the same melody but different title and different lyrics. It is known as 'Senro wa tsuzuku yo doko made mo 線路は続くよどこまでも' in Japan and it means 'The railroad continues forever'. The Japanese lyrics describe the happiness of the journey."

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Andi Woods for contributing this song. Many thanks to Monique Palomares for creating the midi music for this song.

Many thanks to Heather Dixon for singing this song for Mama Lisa's World!

Thanks so much!

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