Smokestack is black, an' the bell it shine like gold-- Skippin' 'round from log to log-- Ah! When I leave here, gonna catch that M&O-- She's givin' it away-- Goin' where the Southern cross the Yellow Dog-- An' that thing don't keep a-ringin' so soon-- Runnin' down to the station-- I carried water for the elephant-- Gonna leave a Pullman, an' ride the L&N-- Lined out smokin', look like it takin' to scat-- Epilogue-- Glossary of Railroad Abbreviations and Nicknames-- Index of Artists' Names-- Index of Song Titles-- General Index.
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This groundbreaking book, written by one of the foremost blues historians in the UK, is based on over 30 years' research, exploration and absolute passion for early blues music. It is the first ever comprehensive study of the enormous impact of the railroads on 19th and early 20th Century African American society and the many and varied references to this new phenomenon in early blues lyrics. The book is comprehensively annotated, and also includes a Discography at the end of each chapter. (source: Nielsen Book Data)