Rock Island Line


The Rock Island Line

One of the great songs performed by Lead Belly and interpreted by numerous

artists, over the years, such as the Weavers. Many interpreters have added

their own humorous words, but these are the original lyrics created and sung by Lead Belly.

The Rock Island Line

(Huddie Ledbetter 'Lead Belly')


[G] Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line

Oh the Rock Island Line is the [D] road to ride

[G] Oh the Rock Island Line is a mighty fine line

If you [C] want to ride, you gotta [G] ride it like you're flyin'

Get your [C] ticket at the station on the [D] Rock Island [G] Line

[G] A-B-C double X-Y-Z

[D] Cat's in the cupboard and she cain't [G] find me


Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong

Lawd you gonna miss me when I'm gone


Jesus died to save our sins

Glory to God I'm gonna see Him again


Moses stood on the Red Sea shore

Smotin' the water with a two-by-four



Recording copyright 2002 Roger McGuinn / McGuinn Music