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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.



  (F)           (F)       *
Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill

  (E7)               (F)
Never worked and he never will

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





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

 (E7)                        (F)
Shot the light out of the brakemans hand

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





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

 (E7)                    (F)
Thats my husband for I heard him fall

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





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

 (E7)              (F)
Railroad Bill had just begun

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




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

 (E7)                  (F)
Railroad Bill had just got through

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




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

(E7)                    (F)
Someone let fly with a forty-four

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





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

(E7)                        (F)
I aint gonna miss cause Ive got dead aim

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





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

(E7)                    (F)
Lighting cigars with a ten-dollar bill

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





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

(E7)                              (F)
Im gonna build a railroad for the bums to ride

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

            
            
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melbull88 10 Jan 22, 2015 12:46 PM

This is an interesting arrangement, thank you.

It differs from the arrangement and harmony of the traditional one in the 1960s Coffee-house Songbook, which is very similar to the Bob Dylan & Rambling Jack Elliott versions.

The Dylan guitar chords are shown here:
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/dylan/png/railroad_bill.png
and the Jack Elliott version is here:
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/r/ramblin_jack_elliott/railroad_bill_crd.htm

Here are those same guitar chord _patterns_ as used on a gCAE-tuned Ukulele:

(F) (F)
Railroad Bill, Railroad Bill

(A) (A#)
Never worked and he never will

(F) (C) (F)
I'm gonna ride, Railroad Bill.

This arrangement retains the original harmonies and permits the same sort of melody note fingerings and transitions as on a guitar, which suits me, but may not suit you!

The last line in the Coffee-house Songbook is (iirc) :-

(F) (C) (F)
I'm gonna ride, ride, ride, ride

or...

(F) (C) (F)
..and it's ride, ride, ride, ride

hth!

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