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I've Been Working on the Railroad

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Copyrighted, 1936, by Calumet Music Company Chicago, IL

I've been workin' on the railroad,
All the live long day.
I've been workin' on the railroad,
Just to pass the time away.
Don't you hear the whistle blowing?
Rise up so early in the morn.
Don't you hear the captain shouting
"Dinah, blow your horn?"

Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow your horn?
Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow your horn?

Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah.
Someone's in the kitchen, I know.
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Strumming on the old banjo.

Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o-o-o-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Strumming on the old banjo

For parents
Across the country, there are standard warning signs to improve safety near railroad crossings. Review the signs and some important safety tips to prevent fatalities and serious injuries when approaching or crossing railway tracks.
For kids
A train leaves New York City (NYC) to go to Los Angeles (LA) at 100 mph. Three hours later, a train leaves LA to go to NYC at 200 MPH. Assume there's exactly 2000 miles between LA and NYC. When they meet, which train is closer to New York City? Check out the answer. Then, try other brain teasers compiled by NIEHS.
For teachers
This famous folk song is believed to have been written in the last 19th century, as railroads expanded across the country, built “all the livelong day” in back‐ breaking work. Through the Library of Congress, you can access railroad maps from the period to help your students consider such questions as how the location of tracks and stations influenced land development and the growth of cities and towns in the United States.
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