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Ive Been Working On The Railroad Chords

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D                                 G                 D
I've been workin' on the railroad all the live long day
D                                  E                     A
I've been workin' on the railroad, just to pass the time away
A                          D         G                      D
Can't you hear the whistle blowin'?  Rise up so early in the morn
G                          D          A               D
Can't you hear the captain shoutin'? "Dinah blow your horn!"
D                     G
Dinah won't you blow, Dinah won't you blow
A                    D
Dinah won't you blow your horn
D                     G
Dinah won't you blow, Dinah won't you blow
A                    D
Dinah won't you blow your horn
D
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
D                          A
Someone's in the kitchen I know
D                             G
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
D         A              D
Strummin' on the old banjo
D                 
A-playin' fee fi fiddle-y-i-o
D                 A
Fee fi fiddle-y-i-o-o-o-o
D                 G
Fee fi fiddle-y-i-o
D         A              D
Strummin' on the old banjo
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trailbosstom wrote on May 11 2011, 11:55 am

The chord that should go with the word "morn" is F#7. Without it, the song doesn't sound right, so even beginners will have to have that chord or play easier songs. Also the A in the third line is best over the word "Dinah." Last line: the A goes over the word "old" not "on." Rarely is the beat on a preposition. The last singing of "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah" aches to have a D7 over "kitchen." And for the name Dinah there, "Di" with a G and "nah" with a diminished chord G#dim makes the song zing though I guess beginners could skip it.

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JCMiller23 wrote on February 15 2016, 11:31 pm

Personally, when I learned this song (a cappella) as a kid, I learned it in the key of C major. This tab still works for me, I just transpose it down a step.

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