American Traditional

Lyrics

I’ve been working on the railroad,
All the livelong 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.
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
And singing:

“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.

Background

“I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is an American folk song. The first published version appeared as “Levee Song” in Carmina Princetonia, a book of Princeton University songs published in 1894. The earliest known recording is by the Sandhills Sixteen, released by Victor Records in 1927.

Performances

Here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Working on the Railroad