“The Fox River Line (The Rock Island Line)”


The singer (and men of many nations) work in George Allan's camp without earning any money. He decides to get another job


Manny/Wilson: "Mr Brown [the singer] credits this song to Larry Gorman, but Sandy Ives, who should know, says he does not believe Larry wrote it. Still it seems to have some Gorman touches. Similar songs are sung in all parts of the Northeast, with names altered to suit." - BS

Not to be confused with "The Rock Island Line" as sung by Lead Belly. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Laws C28, "The Fox River Line (The Rock Island Line)"
  2. FSCatskills 93, "The Rock Island Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton-NovaScotia 116, "Fox River Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Fowke-Lumbering #11, "The Rock Island Line" (2 texts, tune referenced)
  5. Ives-NewBrunswick, pp. 119-123, "The Scantling Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Manny/Wilson 41, "The Scantaling Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT 655, ROCKISL
  8. Roud #643
  9. BI, LC28


Alternate titles: “The Margineau Line”; “The Keith and Hiles Line”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: logger poverty boss work
Found in: US(MA) Canada(Mar,Ont,Que)