Heart Like Railroad Steel

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Overview

Here’s a Patton song, recorded in October 1929, which features his Spanish tuning stylings; like many Paramount recordings, unfortunately a high quality, non-scratchy version doesn’t seem to exist.

Similar in structure to his other Spanish tuning songs like Love My Stuff and Revenue Man Blues, you can find the same IV chord shape here, and quite a similar turnaround.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
4th Fret

My babe’s got a heart like a piece of railroad steel
My babe’s got a heart like a piece of railroad steel
If I leave you this morning don’t say dad how do you feel

I will leave her at the crossing when the train pass by
I will leave her at the crossing when the train pass by
She blowed for the crossing : then she started to fly

I got up this morning something after five
I got up this morning something after five
And the morning sun Lord was beginning to rise

Cut your wood baby I will make your fire
Cut your wood baby I will make your fire
I will tote you water from the boggy bayou

If your woman mistreat you better off in your lap
If your woman mistreat you better off in your lap
I didn’t find me nobody did not have a man

Song History

October 1929
Grafton, WI
Paramount 12953

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