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FOR LOVING ME

THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR LOVING ME, THAT'S WHAT YOU
GET FOR LOVING ME, NOW EVERYTHING YOU HAD IS GONE AS YOU CAN SEE,
THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR LOVING ME. I AIN'T THE KIND TO HANG AROUND
WITH ANY NEW LOVE THAT I'VE FOUND, 'CAUSE MOVIN' IS MY STOCK AND
TRADE, I'M MOVIN' ON, I WON'T THINK OF YOU WHEN I'M GONE. SO
DON'T YOU SHED A TEAR FOR ME, I AIN'T THE LOVE YOU THOUGHT I'D BE.
I GOT A HUNDRED MORE LIKE YOU SO DON'T BE BLUE, I'LL HAVE A THOUSAND
'FORE I'M THROUGH. NOW THERE YOU GO, YOU'RE CRYIN' AGAIN, NOW THERE
YOU GO, YOU'RE CRYIN' AGAIN. AND THEN SOME DAY WHEN YOUR POOR HEART
IS ON THE MEND, I JUST MIGHT PASS THIS WAY AGAIN. THAT'S WHAT YOU
GET FOR LOVIN' ME, THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR LOVIN' ME, NOW EVERYTHING
YOU HAD IS GONE AS YOU CAN SEE, THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR LOVIN' ME.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN BY A KNOWN AUTHOR, GORDON LIGHTFOOT, BUT WAS
LEARNED BY MANY PEOPLE IN A TRADITIONAL FASHION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song C300.200

Date learned: CA03001974

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RAILROAD BILL

RAILROAD BILL, RAILROAD BILL, HE NEVER WORKED AND
HE NEVER WILL, GONNA RIDE ON RAILROAD BILL. RAILROAD BILL HE WAS A
MIGHTY MEAN MAN, HE SHOT THE MIDNIGHT LANTERN OUT OF THE BRAKEMAN'S
HANDS, I'M GONNA RIDE ON RAILROAD BILL. RAILROAD BILL TOOK MY WIFE,
SAID IF I DIDN'T LIKE IT HE WOULD TAKE MY LIFE, I'M GONNA RIDE
ON RAILROAD BILL. GOIN' UP ON A MOUNTAIN, GOIN' OUT WEST, 38 SPECIAL
STICKIN' OUT OF MY VEST, I'M GONNA RIDE ON RAILROAD BILL. BUY ME
A PISTOL JUST AS LONG AS MY ARM, BLAST EVERYBODY EVER DONE ME HARM,
I'M GONNA RIDE ON RAILROAD BILL. I'VE GOT A 38 SPECIAL ON A 45 FRAME,
HOW IN THE WORLD CAN I MISS HIM WHEN I GOT DEAD AIM? I'M GONNA RIDE
ON RAILROAD BILL. BABY, BABY, THINK I'M A FOOL? THINK I'D LEAVE
YOU WHILE THE WEATHER IS COOL? I'M GONNA RIDE ON RAILROAD BILL.

Submitter comment: IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE TERM "GOT A
PISTOL JUST AS LONG AS MY ARM (OR LEG)" IS USED IN FOLK SONG.
ALSO, THE RHYME OF LIFE AND WIFE IS USED A LOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song C300.200

Date learned: CA03001974

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