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Title: Railroad Bill
Artist: Andrew Bird
Album: Hands of Glory (2012)

Submitted by: Anonanimal (My girlfriend and I tried to figure this one out since we've
been singing it around the house constantly and couldnt find it anywhere. Feel free to
correct any problems so that everyone can benefit).

Capo: NONE

Note (*): When your two fingers are already on the low E string and the A string from
playing the G chord, try fingerpicking them in the order (low E, then A) before
transitioning into the B7 chord. Not necessary, but adds a little more filler towards 
the progressions.

  (G)           (G)       *
Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill

  (B7)               (C)
Never worked and he never will

         (G)       (D)    (G)
Im gonna ride, Railroad Bill.

  (G)                   (G)             *
Well, Railroad Bill was a mighty mean man

 (B7)                        (C)
Shot the light out of the brakemans hand

          (G)       (D)      (G)
Im gonna ride, that bad Railroad Bill.

 (G)                       (G)                *
Well Miss McMillan, she whooped and she squawked

 (B7)                    (C)
Thats my husband for I heard him fall

          (G)       (D)      (G)
Im gonna ride, that bad Railroad Bill.

  (G)                (G)     *
Well I went down on Number One

 (B7)              (C)
Railroad Bill had just begun

          (G)    (D)     (G)
Im gonna ride, Railroad Bill.

  (G)                (G)      *
Well I came back on Number Two

 (B7)                  (C)
Railroad Bill had just got through

         (G)     (D)    (G)
Im gonna ride, Railroad Bill.

 (G)                 (G)       *
Well I went down on Number Four

(B7)                    (C)
Someone let fly with a forty-four

         (G)     (D)     (G)
Im gonna ride, Railroad Bill.

 (G)                             (G)            *
Got a thirty-eight special in a forty-five frame

(B7)                        (C)
I aint gonna miss cause Ive got dead aim

          (G)       (D)    (G)
Im gonna ride, that bad Railroad Bill.

 (G)                     (G)          *
Well Railroad Bill, rolling down a hill

(B7)                    (C)
Lighting cigars with a ten-dollar bill

         (G)       (D)     (G)
Im gonna ride, that bad Railroad Bill.

 (G)                    (G)            *
Well, Railroad Bill says, Before I die,

(B7)                              (C)
Im gonna build a railroad for the bums to ride

         (G)        (D)          (G)
Im gonna ride, that bad Railroad Bill.
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Anonanimal wrote on January 25 2013, 10:28 am

When given the option of variations on the B7 chord i like playing the one that utilizes the bar chord on the 2nd fret.

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juliahwebb wrote on January 30 2014, 07:17 pm

love this song! thanks for adding it!

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