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In the Middle of the House

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In the Middle of the House

In the Middle of the House
(Bob Hilliard)

The railroad comes through the middle of the house.
The railroad comes through the middle of the house.
The trains all come through the middle of the house
Since the company bought the land.

They let us live in the front of the house.
They let us live in the back.
But there ain't no living in the middle of the house
'Cause that's the railroad track.

When a bill collector comes to the house
He knocks and bangs on the door.
So we sit him right down in the middle of the house
And he never comes back no more.
No, he never comes back no more.

The railroad comes through the middle of the house.
The railroad comes through the middle of the house.
It comes and goes through the middle of the house.
And the trains are all on time.
And here comes the 5:09.

The railroad comes through the middle of the house,
The in and out of the middle of the house,
Right smack dab through the middle of the house,
Where the parlor used to be.

There's a great big door in the front of the house.
There's a little old door in the back.
But we can't have doors in the middle of the house
'Cause that's the railroad track.

A relative came to visit the house.
He liked to scream and fuss.
So we sat him right down in the middle of the house
And he never more bothered us.
No, he never more bothered us.

Oh, the railroad comes through the middle of the house.
The railroad comes through the middle of the house.
It comes and goes through the middle of the house
Since the trains are all on time.

I'm singing this song in the middle of the house.
***

As I recall hearing it, the last line segues into train noises.

Artist on most popular version: Vaughn Monroe
(Dr. Demento frequently plays the version by Rusty Draper, which was
 also very popular)
DKL
Apr98
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