"Rock Island Line" is an American blues/folk song first recorded by John Lomax in 1934 as sung by inmates in an Arkansas State Prison, and later popularized by Lead Belly. Many versions have been recorded by other artists, most significantly the world-wide hit version in the mid-1950s by Lonnie Donegan. The song is ostensibly about the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. The chorus to the old song reads: The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road - The Rock Island Line is the road to ride - The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road - If you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it - Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line. The verses tell a humorous story about a train operator who smuggled pig iron through a toll gate by claiming all he had on board was livestock.