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Rolling Western Union
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1970 demo released on the Jewel Box collecion in 2020.
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Bernie Taupin
Producer:Caleb Quaye
I've served upon this railroad for longer than I know
My father and his father did the same thing long ago
To keep the Western Union rolling down towards the sea
The benefit of this great line is built for you and me
chorus:
So Rolling Western Union, you can roll on to the sea
Ten thousand miles of beaten steel has made a man out of me
In every state I've driven home a rivet with my hands
Oh it's Rolling Western Union rolling onwards, onwards through our land
It's friends of mine who died upon the building of this line
Irishmen and Chinamen and some from the British Isles
I've even seen the convicts come to work here for a while
Before the law caught up with them and sent them back for trial
(repeat chorus)
I had a wife while on the job a hundred miles on back
She died in Oklahoma and I laid her by the track
All that's left is a wooden cross stood upright on a mound
And every time the train rolls past, it rumbles, rumbles in the ground
(repeat chorus)
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