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I’ve been working on the railroad lyrics

I’ve been working on the railroad lyrics – an American folk song, first published in 1894. The earliest known recording is by the Sandhills Sixteen, released by Victor Records in 1927. It’s been used in numerous films and television shows, including Texas Carnival.

I’ve been working on the railroad
All the live-long 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
Strummin’ on the old banjo!

Singin’ fee, fie, fiddly-i-o
Fee, fie, fiddly-i-o-o-o-o
Fee, fie, fiddly-i-o
Strummin’ on the old banjo.