Someone who walks down the railroad tracks maybe? I think those wood slats are called cross ties.<br />
Update: Okay I cheated, but found an explanation that makes sense:<br />
it's a colorful desc<x>ription of a tramp or hobo, who when they aren't "flat-car riders" (hopping trains to travel across the countryside), they are "cross-tie walkers" walking on the rails waiting for a train.<br />
Not sure if it is correct, but I love the word Hobo so it's good enough for me!
It's a hobo. The cross-ties they're referring to are the wooden planks that support the railroad tracks.
It is a cross tie or board in railroad tracks and Cross-tie walkers are the homeless who roam the country. I love Creedence!
yeah, heartofglass nailed it. here be yo link'-o'-reference:<br />
I googled the lyrics - the hobo desc<x>ription sounds right on to me
Creedence! Haven't played them in a while! I'm going to listen to I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Though technically that's not their song, but I like their performance of it!
I love the lyrics in Green River: "Barefoot girls dancin' in the moonlight," <br />
I can just picture it in my mind, and it's beautiful.