Right On, Desperado Bill
DESCRIPTION: "Railroad Bill was a desperado sport, Shot tin buttons off policeman's coat, And laid this body nowhere." "Railroad Bill, he's so mean, Stayed nowhere but down in New Orleans." "Some of the boys go sixty days, some got forty-nine... I got mine."
EARLIEST DATE: 1979 (Rosenbaum)
KEYWORDS: violence police prison
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Rosenbaum, p. 200, "Railroad Bill (II)" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Roud lumps Rosenbaum's "Railroad Bill" text with "Railroad Bill" [Laws I13], and certainly both involve a desperate character named "Railroad Bill," but Rosenbaum suggests it is a separate song, and the form is sufficiently distinct that I think he is right. - RBW
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