Horton, Johnny - Rock Island Line Lyrics




Now this here's the story about the Rock Island Line
Now the Rock Island Line she run down into New Orleans
Just before you get into New Orleans why they got a big toll gate
Where you gotta pay the man just so much
Course, if you got certain things on board you're okay
You don't have to pay the man nothin'
Right now we see a train she pull into the station
The man he stick his head out the window
And he yelled down at the man
I got pigs, I got horses, I got cows
I got sheep, I got all livestock, I got all livestock
I got all livestock
The man say, boy you okay
You go on through, you don't have to pay nothin'
So the man he go on through
The train get on down away from the station a little bit why he started pickin' up a little bit of steam
He started pickin' up a little bit of speed
The driver think he safely out of sight of the man so he stick his head out of the window
And he yelled back down the line at the man
Well, I fooled you, I fooled you
I got pig iron, I got pig iron
I got all pig iron (hey, hey)
Now I'll tell you where I'm goin' boy

Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

ABC WXYZ
The cat'son the cover but he don't see me
Down the Rock Island Lineshe's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Well I may be right, I maybe wrong
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Down the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road
If you ride you gotta ride her like you find her
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line





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  1. Sirphil 0267

    For the longest time I never that the guy in the background who say "hey, hey,' is Johnny Cash. And June Carter is singing back-up!!

  2. Russell Myers

    I'm an Aussie metal head. but grew up listening to JH...still do.

    Melissa McKinney

    I'm Canadian, but love my metal! Pretty much all I listen too, but I also grew up on Johnny Horton, Bluegrass, Merle Haggard, etc...love this song

    Mark Thomson

    Russell Myers I

  3. Alan Batterman

    The last two verses are missing.

    "It's cloudy in the west and it looks like rain,
     Rounding the curves on a passenger train.
     Northbound train on a southbound track;
     All right leaving, but she won't be back.

     The engineer said just before he died,
     There's two more drinks that he'd like to try.
     Conductor said, 'What could they be?'
     'A hot cup of coffee and a cold glass of tea.' "

  4. Trey Waldrop

    man... this song brings back so many memories when i was a kid... i would sit in the old truck at the hunting camp with my grand-pa and listen to this tape over and over with him...

    Wizzle

    Yep, about 1985 I used to hang out at my uncle's and play with my Legos and HO trains with this tape on repeat.

  5. sydney jordan

    Best song of the ever, everyone else go home.

  6. Sean Gaston

    I'd imagine it's her. The original recording was just Horton. In 1965, Columbia mined their archives, and had Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three overdub an accompanying band part. It was Horton's final single release...five years after he died.

  7. kylarietes

    It is June Carter singing the female backing vocal. Johnny Cash supplies the "Hey hey!" vocal in this recording. Horton and Cash were fast friends up to Horton's death.

  8. SOCAL3800

    Johnny Cash sang this also.

    shona goobie

    Lonnie donigan

  9. Lynne Cook

    I grew up listening to Johnny Horton, I love his voice. My kids even like a few of his songs especially Ole Slew Foot and All Grown Up

  10. FINFLEX88

    oh and also i agree about people our age never hearing this kind of music and its a shame that you say the name of this legend and people have never heard of it!!!=/

  11. FINFLEX88

    im 21 and i grew up on elvis and horton and buddy holly cause my dad. and those are my favorite three singers ever. im a one woman man is my favotire horton song ever

  12. IronDuke37

    "thank you thank you very much" who did it first johnny or elvis

  13. IronDuke37

    it does sound like june carter cash

  14. IronDuke37

    love his voice don't know why but it could put me to sleep

  15. Cale Aronson

    I love this song... I remember my mom teaching it to me and her playing her guitar and singing it. Great flashback! I hadn't hear it for years... I am 29 and this isn't a commonly known song for people my age. I have all of Johnny's other songs! Love Sink the Bismark, Comanche, The battle of New Orleans.

  16. LadyMoondancer

    Ican't tell you how many times my cousin Gail and I would try sing that fast chorus and end up mumbling like idiots. oh, Johhny was one of the best. thanks for posting this.

  17. 666UFO666

    Crazy Good!!!!!

  18. bellgardens53

    @threehundredwords Okay. Thanks for the info. Have a great day.

  19. Christopher Yurkanin

    @bellgardens53 Nothing I can do about the video, it's fixed in the description below it.

  20. bellgardens53

    @threehundredwords Still NOT fixed!

  21. Christopher Yurkanin

    @TheJoetowngirl Thanks, didn't notice that until you pointed it out. Fixed!

  22. Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

    johnny horton was born april 30, 1925, not 1929.

  23. Christopher Yurkanin

    @jtyreetex I have no idea but it does sound a bit like her, doesn't it?

  24. jtyreetex

    Who's singing backup? It sounds like June Carter Cash?

  25. Christopher Yurkanin

    From tractorcollector: "I loved listening to this song and my grandparents house when i was little. It was on an old record called "John Deere is going places: Songs with a railroad ring" - sorry, I accidentally hit delete when viewing it! Thanks for the comment, we've all got our special memories.

  26. sportyguyusa

    This is the BEST VERSION of Rock Island Line. Without a doubt.

  27. thatsAstachewearinAman

    yeah great version! i had the cd with this one on it.

  28. Christopher Yurkanin

    I was surprised to find that this version wasn't previously on here, had to add it! Thanks for watching!

  29. Christopher Yurkanin

    You said it all, nightowl.

  30. Christopher Yurkanin

    I think so too, evilscumbag, I just wish it was longer.

  31. Nicolas Flint

    this is the best version of this song there is..