I went across the river and I lay down to sleep (3x)
When I woke up I had shackles on my feet!
It takes a worried man, to sing a worried song (3x)
I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long!
Twenty-nine links of chain around my leg (3x)
And on each link, an initial of my name!
I asked the judge, what would be my fine (3x)
Twenty-one years on the rocky mountain line.
The train arrived, sixteen coaches long (3x)
The one I love was on that train and gone.
Twenty-one years to pay my awful crime (3x)
Twenty-one years and I still got ninety-nine!
If anyone should ask you where you got this song,
Mention the EOI as we sang it all day long!