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Roll Down the Line (2)

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Roll Down the Line (2)

I wish I was in Mobile,
Sitting in a big arm chair,
A newspaper in my hand,
Strolling to my dear.

Oh, I'm a-goin'around by London,
Oh, I'm a-goin'around by Chi,
Gonna stop awhile in New Orleans
To see that gal of mine.

    Hey Buddy, won't you roll down the line,
     Roll down the line.
    Hey, yonder comes my darling, roll down the line,
     Oh, roll down the line,
     Roll down the line.
     Hey, yonder comes my darling, roll down the line.

 ( Humming with scat interjection in lieu of a stanza )
I spy my captain coming,
He's coming over the hill.
He puts me in the mind of a country gal
Just gettin g home from the mill.
 It's over the hills and valleys
'Till he gets to the mouth of the hole,
 And the last words I heard him say,
 Was, "Nigger doggone yo'soul."

From Only a Miner, Green
Note: Recorded by Lee and Austin Allen, Victor Records, 1930. A predecessor
of Dave Macon's version.
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