THE WHEEL-TAPPER’S SONG
 
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I work's on the railway, a tapper I be
You might all be dead if it wasn't for me
I tramps down the train when the wheels are at rest
My hammer you'll hear as I puts 'em to test.

I spanks 'em I clanks 'em tap-tap-tap tap-tip-pa-tap
Each wheel hollers out when it's whacked
For wheels be like women, some good and some true
And some be deceitful and cracked.

I bangs 'em I clangs 'em, they can't diddle me
I sorts out the right from the wrong
When I'm done I pops off to the old 'Goat and Deer'
In the taproom I taps for a pint of good beer
And I sings 'em the wheel tappers song
Fol-de-riddle-O I sings 'em the wheel rappers song.

I reckon that fate is a wheel tapper too
His hammer he takes and he bangs me and you
He'll judge a man's metal the way that he rings
And that's why I works with a will as I sings.

I spanks 'em I clanks 'em tap-tap-tap tap-tip-pa-tap
Each wheel hollers out when it's whacked
For wheels be like women, some good and some true
And some be deceitful and cracked.

I bangs 'em I clangs 'em, they can't diddle me
I sorts out the right from the wrong
Some day they will tap my poor spirit, I know
To see if it's fit for upstairs or below
Whilst I sings 'em the wheel tappers song
Fol-de-riddle-O I sings 'em the wheel rappers song.

There's a tiny green mound on a hill near the line
(Oh it's lonely without you, my dear)
And I just like to think as my hammer goes clink
That it's music, maybe, you can hear.

I spanks 'em I clanks 'em tap-tap-tap tap-tip-pa-tap
Each wheel hollers out when it's whacked
For wheels be like women, some good and some true
And some be deceitful and cracked.

I bangs 'em I clangs 'em, they can't diddle me
I knows as the time won't be long
There's a voice seems to say, as each beat rings out true
'I'm coming, I'm coming, I'm coming to you'
I sings 'em the wheel tappers song
Fol-de-riddle-O I sings 'em the wheel rappers song.
 
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Written and composed by Clifford Seyler & Wolseley Charles - 1923
 
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