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Railroad Bum

Song Author J.A. Balthrop Lyrics by: J.A. Balthrop Performer: Jim Reeves Submitted by: Anonymous
[C]I used to be a railroad bum a living on the [G7]go   
I rode freights from Canada down to [C]Mexico
From sunny Cal to Minnesota where the rippling waters [G7]falls
I never seemed to have a dime but I had myself a [C]ball
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li [G7]lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not any[C]more

I walked in the Silver Dollar in Reno one [G7]night
Dropped a quarter in a one armed bandit the lemons lined up [C]right
Took my winnings then played poker and I won ten thousand [G7]more   
I used to be a railroad bum but I'm not any[C]more
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li [G7]lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not any[C]more

When cotton's white in Tennessee and shrimp boats sail in [G7]Maine
Peach picking time soon will find me riding a Georgia [C]train
Cause I get restless when I'm still I guess I always [G7]will   
Want to keep traveling all my life over another [C]hill
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li [G7]lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not any[C]more
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li [G7]lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not any[C]more

I used to be a railroad bum a living on the go
I rode freights from Canada down to Mexico
From sunny Cal to Minnesota where the rippling waters falls
I never seemed to have a dime but I had myself a ball
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not anymore

I walked in the Silver Dollar in Reno one night
Dropped a quarter in a one armed bandit the lemons lined up right
Took my winnings then played poker and I won ten thousand more
I used to be a railroad bum but I'm not anymore
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not anymore

When cotton's white in Tennessee and shrimp boats sail in Maine
Peach picking time soon will find me riding a Georgia train
Cause I get restless when I'm still I guess I always will
Want to keep traveling all my life over another hill
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not anymore
Singing hi le hi lo he li le li lo I used to be
A railroad bum but I'm not anymore

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