gandy dancer


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gandy dancer

old-fashioned A worker in a railway gang who lays and maintains railroad tracks. My granddaddy worked as a gandy dancer building the first stretch of railroads across the state.
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The Potosi Brewing Company, established in 1852, offers a seasonal glass of Potosi Gandy Dancer Porter and a Potosi Burger with bacon, BBQ sauce, mushrooms and Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
When he was a child, Bryan Bowers was drawn to the old call-and-answer songs of the field workers and gandy dancers (railroad laborers) near his home in Virginia.
The Gandy Dancers and Work Songs from the American Railroad
"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.
A skilled lead singer of a gandy dancers crew could sing all day long and not repeat a song.
Q I remember an old song called The Gandy Dancers Ball - was it from a film?
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.