Railroad Man

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My daddy was a railroad man
Raised by a woman whose life and love showed in her hands
She saw fire and death, was given less
Than her fair share, but never asked for more
She just thanked her stars and garters
And held close her 9 sons and daughters

When the south wind carries home
The whistle of that freight train
I can hear him speak to me
See the strength she gave, and the man she made
Makes me proud to share his name

Through the fields of cane and corn
Across the tracks, then back again, to see her when we could
As a child I did not see
The story behind the smile that she, put in his eyes
She lived a small town life
But taught him what it means to try

When the south wind carries home
The whistle of that freight train
I can hear him speak to me
See the strength she gave, and the man she made
Makes me proud to share his name

In the summer sun we drove back
To that town where the dirt turns red, and the rivers, brown
He stood tall and strong, full of song
That she gave him for times like those
When we watched fly away
A woman of amazing grace

When the south wind carries home
The whistle of that freight train
I can hear him speak to me
See the strength she gave, and the man she made
Makes me proud to share his name
Share his name
Share his name

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from Before I Go, released January 6, 2017

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