In the evening of the day down in Mobile, Alabama,
Working on the railroad
with the steel driving hammer.
Gotta get some money to buy some brand new shoes,
find somebody to lose these blues.
"She don't love me" hear me singing in the sun,
better leave me 'til my work is all done.
In the evening of the day, when the sun is
All day I been waiting for the whistle to blow.
Sitting in a teepee built out
on the track,
Rolling bones 'til the foreman comes back.
Pick up you belongings boys and
We've got an off-schedule train comin' two miles out.
scrambling and running around,
Picking up their money, take the teepee down.
to panic, 'bout to go insane,
Trying to get the workers out the way of the train.
blown his whistle loud and long,
He can't stop the train, gotta let it roll on.