The Tiehackers Song

Cat. #0120 (MFH #630) - As sung by Mr. T.M. Davis, Fayettville, Arkansas on June 14, 1958

VERSE 1
You take Sal and I'll take Sue
And tell you what we will do
We will take em to the drygoods store
And dress em up in calico
I am a rowdy soul, I am a rowdy soul
I never let a nigger in a mile of me

VERSE 2
Your children played in my back yard
And I never said a word about it
I aint no hand to raise a rowe
But Lord when I gets started
I am a rowdy soul, I am a rowdy soul
I never let a nigger in a mile of me

Mr. Davis said he used to hear the negroe workers sing this song while driving spikes on the rail ties. Would sing to keep a steady rhythm to their swing of the hammer.