gandy dancer


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gandy dancer

old fashioned A worker in a railway gang who lays and maintains railroad tracks. My grandaddy worked as a gandy dancer building the first stretch of railroads across the state.
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The Gandy Dancers and Work Songs from the American Railroad" is a beautiful edition exploring early history of America's railroads, as expressed in popular traditional songs by the original Gandy Dancers.
Finally, readers and students of Gandy Dancers Songs are encouraged to make up their own poems, songs, or chants in the style of the Gandy Dancers.
This enriching practice continues with ten percent of all net profits from "The Gandy Dancers and Work Songs from the American Railroad" going to Friends of Writers, which supports students, alumni and faculty of Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
The Gandy Dancers and Work Songs from the American Railroad" is a collector's joy, a song and poetry book to be treasured by young readers of all ages.
I told her they might be similar to what the gandy dancers on the railroads and the deckhands on the riverboats had once chanted during the nineteenth century.