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ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M 7 Answers Sep 30, 2010

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Someone who walks down the railroad tracks maybe? I think those wood slats are called cross ties.



Update: Okay I cheated, but found an explanation that makes sense:

it's a colorful description 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.



Not sure if it is correct, but I love the word Hobo so it's good enough for me!

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Yeah, they're railroad ties, but in the lyrics it sounds like it has a specific meaning. :(

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It is a cross tie or board in railroad tracks and Cross-tie walkers are the homeless who roam the country. I love Creedence!

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yeah, heartofglass nailed it. here be yo link'-o'-reference:



http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/17156/

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I googled the lyrics - the hobo description sounds right on to me

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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!

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LOL Actually I was listening to Leslie West's cover of the song

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