Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line

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Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line-Uncle Dave Macon
Macon, banjo, with Sam McGee, banjo-guitar

SPOKEN: Oh-oh, comin' up hot!

Way back yonder in Tennessee, they leased the convicts out
They worked them in the coal mines against free labor stout
Free labor rebelled against it, to win it took some time
But while the lease was in effect they made 'em rise and shine

REFRAIN: Oh! Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line
Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line

SOLO

Every Monday mornin', they've got 'em out on time
March them down to Lone Rocks, said, they look into that mine
March you down to Lone Rocks, said, they look into that hole
Very last word the Cap'n say, "You'd better get your coal."

REFRAIN: Oh! Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line
Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line

SOLO

The beans, they are half-done, the bread is not so well
The meat, it is burnt up, and the coffee's black as heck
But when you get your task done, you'll gladly come to 't all
For anything you'd get to eat, it tastes good, done or raw

REFRAIN: Oh! Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line
Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line

SOLO

The bank boss is a hard man, a man you all know well
And if you don't get your task done, he's going to give you hallelujah
Carry you to the stockade, then it's on the floor you'll fall
Very next time they call on you, you'll bet you'll have your pole

REFRAIN: Oh! Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line
Buddy won't you roll down the line, buddy won't you roll down the line
Yonder come my darlin', comin' down the line

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