Jimmie the Kid
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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I'll tell you a story of Jimmie the
Kid he's a brakeman you all know
He was born in Mississippi
Away down south and
He flagged on the T N & O
He yodeled to fame on the Boston
Main the Wabash and the Teepee
From the old Grand Trunk to the cotton belt
And he yodeled on the Santa Fe

On the Lehigh Valley he yodeled awhile then
He went to the Nickel Plate
From the old Lake Shore and the Erie Line
Now he yodels to a Cadillac Eight

He yodeled his way to the C &
A the Lackawanna and I C
He rode a rattler called
The Cannonball then he
Yodeled on the M K & T

Now the story goes that Jimmie the Kid
He has a yodeling mama so sweet
They go Cadillacin' every night and they
Yodel up and down the street

He's rode freight trains from East and
West he's fixed himself up nice
He's got a beautiful home all of
His own it's the yodeler's paradise

They've treated him good they've treated him
Bad he never done any wrong




He yodels a yodel that everybody knows
Is the yodeling brakeman's song

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song "Jimmie the Kid" tell the story of a brakeman named Jimmie who gains fame through his yodeling abilities. According to the lyrics, Jimmie was born in Mississippi and worked as a brakeman on the T N & O (Texas, New Orleans, and Ohio) railroad. He gained recognition for his yodeling while working on various rail lines such as the Boston Main, Wabash, Teepee, and Santa Fe.


The song highlights Jimmie's journey as he moves from one railroad to another, yodeling his way to fame and even rides freight trains from the East to the West. Despite the ups and downs he experiences, he remains dedicated to his passion for yodeling. The lyrics also mention Jimmie's yodeling mother, with whom he enjoys Cadillacin' every night and yodeling up and down the street.


Line by Line Meaning

I'll tell you a story of Jimmie the Kid he's a brakeman you all know
Let me narrate the tale of Jimmie the Kid, a well-known brakeman


He was born in Mississippi Away down south and He flagged on the T N & O
This Mississippi-born man worked as a brakeman on the T N & O railroad


He yodeled to fame on the Boston Main the Wabash and the Teepee
Through his yodeling, he gained recognition while working on the Boston Main, the Wabash, and the Teepee railroads


From the old Grand Trunk to the cotton belt And he yodeled on the Santa Fe
He continued to yodel on various railways, including the old Grand Trunk, the cotton belt, and the Santa Fe


On the Lehigh Valley he yodeled awhile then He went to the Nickel Plate
After yodeling on the Lehigh Valley, he shifted to the Nickel Plate railroad


From the old Lake Shore and the Erie Line Now he yodels to a Cadillac Eight
Having worked on the old Lake Shore and the Erie Line railways, he currently enjoys luxurious Cadillac Eight cars while yodeling


He yodeled his way to the C & A the Lackawanna and I C
His yodeling led him to work on the C & A, Lackawanna, and I C railroads


He rode a rattler called The Cannonball then he Yodeled on the M K & T
After riding a fast train called The Cannonball, he proceeded to yodel on the M K & T railroad


Now the story goes that Jimmie the Kid He has a yodeling mama so sweet
According to the tale, Jimmie the Kid has an incredibly talented and sweet mother who also yodels


They go Cadillacin' every night and they Yodel up and down the street
Every night, they joyfully yodel together while driving their Cadillac, cruising along the streets


He's rode freight trains from East and West he's fixed himself up nice
Jimmie has journeyed on freight trains all across the East and West regions, improving his lifestyle along the way


He's got a beautiful home all of His own it's the yodeler's paradise
With his hard work, he now possesses a splendid and personalized abode, representing a paradise for a yodeler


They've treated him good they've treated him Bad he never done any wrong
People have treated him both kindly and poorly, despite him never having committed any wrongdoing


He yodels a yodel that everybody knows Is the yodeling brakeman's song
The yodel he performs is widely recognized as the signature tune of a yodeling brakeman




Lyrics © ACUM Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ROBIN BRANDES, ALEX MOERMAN, PAVEL GORBULSKI

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Comments from YouTube:

Caroline Collins

Thrilled that a musical is in the works!

Shady 596x

You maybe but you’ll never be Jimmie Rodgers singing a folk song about his life in 3rd person

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