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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Oh, tamp 'em up solid,
So dey won' come down,
Oh, tamp 'em up solid, /                            /                        /
Buddy, so dey won' come down,
Oh, you can do it,
Oh, you can do it, . , „
This last line is to be repeated as long as it is necessary to keep tamping at the same place.
The stanzas that can be and are used in this chant, follow. They sing to the same tune as the chorus,
Ef I'd 'a' knowed dat my cap'n was blin',
I wouldn' went to work till de clock struck half-pas' nine.
Oh, de cap'n done learnt me how to make a day— Jes' rap on de railin' an' pass de time away.
I got a new way o' tampin' dat de cap'n don' lak, I kin tamp 'em up solid an' never ben' my back.
You fool de cap'n, an' I fool de straw,
But de gen'l road manager, he gonna fool us all.
Oh, de ol' folks tell us dat de right will win;
We're on an eight-hour system, an' de cap'n works us ten.
Mary got a baby, an' I know it ain' mine, I b'lieve it is de cap'n's 'cause he goes dere all de time.

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