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I've Been Working on the Railroad


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Here I am again, attempting to accompany myself on the ukulele. This time, I tried to practice the song a couple of times before recording. Novel idea, isn't it? Doesn't make it great, just slightly less painful.

In my intro I mention a chord I can't play. The chord comes on the word "morn" as in "Rise up so early in the morn". Listen for it because on some fluke I actually hit the chord. My shock at doing so causes a moment's hesitation as I realize I do not have to spend several more measures searching for it and can just keep singing. That moment of silence cracks me up every time.

And now without further ado, have fun laughing at me as I attempt to perform this wonderful old American standard.
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Lyrics
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
strumming on the old banjo

and singing "Fee fi fiddley I oh.
Fee fi fiddley I oh.
Fee fi fiddley I oh!"
Strumming on the old banjo.
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Uploaded: Apr 01, 2008 - 10:11:03 PM
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2008 - 10:11:03 PM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 05:56:05 AM
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Hardware:
$20 ukulele and a Shure SM58
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said 3426 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
so much fun...
and so enjoyable. I sang along as best I could, my weak harmony vox to your lead. what a treasure you are here at the old MJ homestead. Thanks, Joanna.

Jack
thetiler said 3425 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
This sure has that
Joanna style written all over it. Plenty of great expression and enjoyed the uk and how you played it.

The folk flavor sounds precious, it really does.

Thanks for sharing !
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
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Hi, I'm Joanna (not Jo, that's someone else). Garageband has allowed me to indulge my love for singing beyond concerts in the shower. My favorite part of songwriting is writing the lyrics. This makes sense, of course, because writing is what I d... [see more]

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