I’ve Been Working On The Railroad

From Vol. 2
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SUGGESTED KEY: B

CAPO: Fret 4

CHORD FAMILY: G

TIME SIGNATURE: 3/4

SKILL LEVEL: Advnnced

A Little About This Song…

I’ve Been Working On The Railroad was first published in Carmina Princetonia: The Princeton Song Book in 1898 under the title “The Levee Song”, though its author was unnamed. Its minstrel vernacular was eventually dropped along with the reference to a levee.

The part about Dinah, added in the mid-20th Century, appears to be lifted from an English song from the 1830’s, its music credited to J. H. Cave.

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