When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'

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When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'  (1912) 
by Irving Berlin
Cover page for the sheet music.

[1st verse]:

I've had a mighty busy day

I've had to pack my things away

Now I'm going to give the landlord back his key

The very key

That opened up my dreary flat

Where many weary nights I sat

Thinking of the folks down home who think of me

You can bet you'll find me singing happily


[chorus]:

When the midnight choo-choo leaves for Alabam'

I'll be right there

I've got my fare

When I see that rusty-haired conductor-man

I'll grab him by the collar

And I'll holler

"Alabam'! Alabam'!"

That's where you stop your train

That brings me back again

Down home where I'll remain

Where my honey-lamb am

I will be right there with bells

When that old conductor yells

"All aboard! All aboard!

All aboard for Alabam'"


[2nd verse]:

The minute that I reach the place

I'm goin' to overfeed my face

'Cause I haven't had a good meal since the day

I went away

I'm goin' to kiss my Pa and Ma

A dozen times for ev'ry star

Shining over Alabama's new mown hay

I'll be glad enough to throw myself away


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