Nickel plate those rails boys, nickel plate those rails
Then we’ll fix them to the Earth somehow
Did someone mention wood?
Find a bunch of loggers now out in the seas of perfect trees
Who’ll cut and shape and creosote
To insure our timbers good
Let’s set the wood in gravel men
While gandy dancers lay rails upon those bedded ties
C’mon pass around the hammer’s lads - drive your spikes that stake the bind
‘Tis the season for connection so, keep the railroad first in mind
Are you sure it was a love affair . . . that made the steel wheels roll?
Clean across the countryside from coast to coast and back again
The zigs, the zags, the spurs, the legs, the switches and the more
That carried us faster forward than ever we’d traveled before
Through good, and bad, and steady press
Don’t forget the almighty weather too
It’s written in countless storybooks - just how it all began
An idea unlike any other, t ‘was once such a lofty plan!