Commencing In Chattanooga
Off-Broadway Musical (2010)
The Scottsboro Boys - Commencing In Chattanooga Lyrics


Commencing In Chattanooga

Commencing in Chattanooga

Commencing in Chattanooga

On the Southern Railroad line

On the Southern Railroad line

SPOKEN:
Come on, Roy, grab on!

Where we goin' Andy?

Who cares? Just don't fall off!

SUNG:
I got up in the mornin' when my sleep was done
And I felt that cheery Chattanooga sun
And I thanked the lord above that I was still alive
As I waited for the 6:05

Commencing in Chattanooga
chugga chugga
chugga chugga

And it chugga chugga-ed in and I said there you are
As I scrambled in the old box car
And I settled back believin' that the world was fine
I was travelin' on the Southern line

Commencing in Chattanooga
chugga chugga
chugga chugga
On the Southern Railroad line

Now you can take your B&O
And you can take your Santa Fe
And you can take your old Rock Island line
And throw them all away

And if the Pennsylvania calls
Just say you want your money back
And if the New York Central's on the phone
Tell 'em they're way off the track

Commencing in Chattanooga
Commencing in Chattanooga
Commencing in Chattanooga
I said we're commencing in Chattanooga
On the Southern Railroad line
On the Southern Railroad line

INTERLOCUTOR (SPOKEN):
Thank ya, boys. Now one more time!

SUNG:
Now you can take your B&O
And you can take your Santa Fe
And you can take your old Rock Island line
And throw them all away

And if the Pennsylvania calls (Alright now!)
Just say you want your money back (YEAH!)
And if the New York Central's on the phone
Tell 'em they're way off the track

Commencing in Chattanooga...

HAYWOOD (SPOKEN):
Far away places, they're in my bones! I know all the states.
Southeast to Georgia. Down to Pensacola. North to Knoxville.
West to Arkansas. And straight on to Shreveport.
I know the train schedules. When the freights leave. When they arrive.
I can light a buck in the wind on top of a movin' box car.
I am free! I am free! I am free!

SUNG:
There ain't a soul can hold me back
Cause I am just as free as air
As long as I got legs and train got wheels
I could arrive me anywhere

And if the lord above comes down
And asks you where the hell I am
Just answer no one knows where Haywood goes
Cause I'm a box car baby lamb

Commencing in Chattanooga
Commencing in Chattanooga
On the Southern Railroad line

SPOKEN:
Why's this train slowin\' down Andy?

This train ain't supposed to stop til Memphis.

We a long way from Memphis.

[Thanks to Kevin for lyrics]

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