I’ve Been Working on the Railroad Lyrics – The Best Free PDF for Printouts

If you’ve been looking for I’ve Been Working on the Railroad lyrics, especially if you’d like to print them out, then you’re on the right page!

On this page you’ll find the lyrics of the song and a printable PDF file with lyrics for free download. You can also watch two music videos. Enjoy!

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Printable I’ve Been Working on the Railroad Lyrics PDF

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I've Been Working on the Railroad lyrics PDF printable

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad Lyrics

  1. I’ve been working on the railroad
    All the live long day
    I’ve been working on the railroad
    Just to pass the time away
    Can’t you hear the whistle blowing
    Rise up so early in the morn
    Can’t you hear the whistle blowing
    Dinah, blow your horn

Chorus:
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

  1. 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
  1. Fee fie fiddle eell o
    Fee fie fiddle eell o
    Fee fie fiddle eell o
    Strumming on the old banjo

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Music Videos

Sing-along Video

Enjoy this recording of the song by John Denver.

Sing-along Video with Lyrics

This is one of our favourite covers of the song by CoComelon.

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad Song Information

  • “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is an American folk song that was first published in 1894 . It is a traditional railroad work song that was initially used by workers to keep time while performing tasks such as laying tracks.
  • The melody of the opening line may have been inspired by the cello solo in Franz von Suppé’s 1846 Poet and Peasant overture.
  • “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is a song with has racist origins and its original lyrics are now considered inappropriate and offensive.
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad lyrics describe the daily monotony of life as a railroad worker, recounting the repetition of the same laborious tasks over and over.
  • The chorus that talks about someone being “in the kitchen with Dinah” also has debated origins: Some believe that the character of “Dinah,” mentioned in I’ve Been Working on the Railroad lyrics, is about a cook in the kitchen on the train. Others believe it to be a generic reference to an African-American woman.

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