Now this here's a story about the Rock Island Line Well the Rock Island Line she runs down into New Orleans There's a big tollgate down there and you know If you got certain things on board when you go through the tollgate Well you don't have to pay the man no toll Well a train driver he pulled up to the tollgate And a man hollered and asked him what all he had on board and said I got livestock I got livestock I got cows I got pigs I got sheep I got mules I got all livestock Well he said you're all right boy you don't have to pay no toll You can just go right on through so he went on through the toolgate And as he went through he started pickin' up a little bit of speed Pickin' up a little bit of steam He got on through he turned and looked back at the man he said Well I fooled you I fooled you I got pigiron I got pigiron I got old pigiron
Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road Rock Island Line it's a road to ride Rock Island Line it's a mighty good road Well if you ride you got to ride it like you finally get your ticket At the station for the Rock Island Line
Looked cloudy in the west and it looked like rain Round the curve came a passenger train North bound train on the southbound track He's alright a leavin' but he won't be back
Well the Rock Island Line...
Oh I may be right and I may be wrong But you gonna miss me when I'm gone Well the engineer said before he died There were two more drinks that he'd like to try The conductor said what could they be A hot cup of coffee and a cold glass of tea