Hey, Porter, Hey Porter!
Would you tell me the time?
How much longer will it be
'Til we cross that Mason Dixon Line?
At daylight will you tell that engineer to slow it down
Or better still, just stop the train
'Cause I want to look around

Hey, Porter! Hey Porter!
What time did you say?
How much longer will it be
'Till I can see the light of day?
When we hit Dixie will you tell that engineer to ring his bell
And ask everybody that ain't asleep to stand right up and yell

Hey, Porter! Hey Porter!
It's getting light outside
This old train is puffin' smoke and I have to strain my eyes
But ask that engineer if he will blow his whistle please
'Cause I smell frost on cotton leaves
And I smell that Southern breeze

Hey, Porter! Hey, Porter!
Please get my bags for me
I need nobody to tell me now that we're in Tennessee
Go tell that engineer to make that lonesome whistle scream
We're not so far from home so take it easy on the steam

Hey Porter! Hey Porter!
Please open up my door
When they stop this train I'm gonna get off first
'Cause I can't wait no more
Tell that engineer I say, "Thanks a lot. I didn't mind the fare.
I'm gonna set my feet on Southern soil
And breathe that Southern air"

One of the earliest songs by Johnny Cash, recorded in 1955. The above lyrics refer to the original Johnny Cash version.

It was reported that this song is one of those that were sound-checked by Bruce during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town tour on 21 Sep 1978 at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ.

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