I've Been Workin on the Railroad

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I've been working on the railroad
All the livelong day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away.

Can't you hear the whistle blowing
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
Strumming on the old banjo, and singing.

Fie, fi, fiddly i o
Fie, fi, fiddly i o
Fie, fi, fiddly i o
Strumming on the old banjo.

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Information About I've Been Workin on the Railroad

"I've Been Working on the Railroad" is an American folk song and appears to have been first printed in 1894 in Carmina, Princetonia. This song could be a derivative of an old Irish song: "I've been working on the Levee". The earliest known recording is by the Sandhills Sixteen, released by Victor Records in 1927.

This song is strikingly similar to the first few bars of the old Spanish anthem "Cara al Sol". This nursery rhyme is a favourite amongst the Japanese, the nursery rhyme has the same melody but with a different title and lyrics. The song is known as "Senro wa tsuzuku yo doko made mo ' in Japan which translates into "The railroad continues forever".

The tune of this song is used to the announcement of arriving trains at stations plying on the Hanshin Electric Railway Lines.

For any further information about the song "I've Been Working on the Railroad" you may find Wikipedia helpful.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Here's an odd little alternative lyrics to this song

I once did know a girl named Grace,
I'm wuk-kin on de
le-vee She done bring me to dis sad dis-grace
O' wuk-kin on de le-vee.
I been wuk-kin on de rail-road
All de live long day;
I been wuk-kin on de
Rail-road Ter pass de time a -way.

A funny version that has the same style as the original

I've been waking up at 7
All my live long days.

I've been getting up at 7
Just to get to school by 8.

Cant you hear the alarm clock ringing
Rise up and hurry on your way.

Cant you hear your mouthing screaming
You fool it's Saturday.

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23 Comments

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Chantry, United Kingdom

3 June 2015 at 10:58pm

Nice song

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Pula, Syrian Arab Republic

27 March 2015 at 8:17am

I was concerned that all of your efftros to win me back may have been futile, but you've done it, once again I have returned to the fold, and will be forever loyal. KILLER vocals, could be my new favorite. Thank you.

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Kraft john, United States

11 February 2015 at 9:13am

I would encourage you racist 21st centuryists to leave your remarks to yourself. If you cannot say something nice do not say anything at all.

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Kayla, United States

4 October 2011 at 4:53pm

you stink Tommy

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Aliena, United States

4 October 2011 at 4:52pm

I hate Muslims

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Kayla, Georgia

4 October 2011 at 4:50pm

love this song so much

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Aliena, United States

4 October 2011 at 4:50pm

love music

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Shrimpy, Australia

1 March 2011 at 2:48pm

This is supposed to b a nice song but u GUYS had to make it bad HOW COULD U!

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Tommy, Niger

29 November 2010 at 6:03pm

haha at my country

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Bo, Togo

29 November 2010 at 6:02pm

i kill niggas to this

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Tommy, Luxembourg

29 November 2010 at 6:01pm

i kill jews to this

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Raven, Bangladesh

29 November 2010 at 6:01pm

This song makes the small children of my village burst into tears... It should be banned from the internet for its demonic influence.

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Tyrone, United States

29 November 2010 at 5:59pm

Strumming on the old banjo, and singing reminds me of my smoking days... bruh bruh

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Tyrone, United Kingdom

29 November 2010 at 5:58pm

This song is hittin out da speakers bruh

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Codt, Austria

29 November 2010 at 5:56pm

This song changed my life i got off of herion cause of this it helped me so much.. workiing on the railroad describes my drug addiction :'(

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Kylieeee, Usa

15 September 2010 at 10:59pm

It Was Amazing And I Had This SOng Stuck In My THead The Whole Day But Only One Part Its Good To Know The Rest!

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Destiny, Waterford,u.s.

23 October 2009 at 11:53pm

OMG! That song was so beautiful

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Sally, S I

11 May 2009 at 9:39pm

thx i am doing this for the talent show

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Mt, Elgn United States

19 April 2009 at 7:50pm

i can play it on the harmonica

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Saaha, Dekalb

14 April 2009 at 2:46pm

i really liked the song .

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