“I'm Going to Buy Me a Little Railroad”


"Well, I'm goin' to buy me a little railroad of my own, Ain't goin' to let nobody ride it but the chocolate to the bone."


Scarborough explains this as a reference to the singer's love. My instinctive reaction, though, was that the piece is political: In a day when Blacks were denied equal access to transportation, they might want to have a railroad where *they* were the ones with the rights. - RBW


  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 240, (no title) (1 short text)
  2. BI, ScaNF240


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: railroading
Found in: US