7. The Railroad Boy


Banjo, Vocal, Synth - Robin

Also known as a variant of “The Butcher Boy” and “There is a Tavern in the Town”. This sad song of unrequited love, suicide and parental involvement contains some classic folk music imagery.

The Railroad Boy

She went upstairs to make her bed
And not a word to her mother said
Her mother she went upstairs too
Saying "daughter oh daughter, what's troubling you?"

"Oh Mother dear, I cannot tell
it's the Railroad Boy I love so well
He's courted me my life away
and now at home he will not stay"

"There is a tavern in the town
Where that boy goes and sits him down
He takes a strange girl on his knee
And tells to her things he won’t tell me"

Her father he came home from work
saying "where’s my daughter? She seems so hurt"
He went upstairs to give her hope
and found her hanging by the end of a rope

He took a knife and he cut her down,
And on her body these words he found

"Go dig my grave both wide and deep
Place a marble stone at my head and feet
And by my breast place a show white dove
To show the world I died for love."