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Men at Work
Leader and Gang Sis Joe, on the M. & O.,* Track heavy, but she will go.
Take a mule, take a /a^,
Take a /imV bar for to line this track.
On the mud line, on the sand, On the wz^/ line, get a m^w.
Jack the Rabbit, on the M. & O., Track heavy, but she wi// go.
Foreman Run on down yonder to the third johnny head and touch it easy, Quick, make haste, I hear the train comin\
Singing Leader All right now, boys, Let me tell you what I had for breakfast now.
Leader and Gang Little rice, little bean. No meat to be seen.
Hard work ain5 easy, Dry bread ainJ greasy.
Oh, Joe, Joe Lily Butt, Oh, Joe, caincha pick it up?
Foreman Now, wait a minute, you stop right there, Now, put your guns on your shoulders. And come walkin5 back.
Go on to the ntxt one and touch it just a fraction, To the next one now and just barely move it. I want you to just barely touch it, Touch it just a little bit, Just something another like a fraction.
Singing Leader All right now, boys, Let me tell you 'bout tampm* ties this time.
The men heave on their lining- bars on the beats indicated by the italicized words.

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