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Thread #50569   Message #1786154
Posted By: Joe Offer
18-Jul-06 - 03:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Add: Blue Water Line (Graf & Seligson)
Subject: Lyr Add/DT Corr: BLUE WATER LINE (Graf & Seligson)
I guess there are enough discrepancies to warrant posting a corrected post. I transcribed this by ear from the 1960 Brothers Four album, Rally Round. It's a very clear recording, so I think I have all the words right. Seligson and Harvey Geller have their name on "Oleanna" and "Mark Twain" - I thought "Oleanna" was Pete Seeger's translation.
-Joe Offer-

(Dora Graf and Martin Seligson)

The City Council met last week, the vote was four to three
To burn the hometown depot down and build a factory
To take that stretch of history and tear it off the map
To melt old engine number nine and turn it into scrap

Blue Water, Blue Water, Blue Water Line
Blue Water, Blue Water, Blue Water Line
If you can't afford a quarter then you ought to give a dime
If everybody gave then we could save the Blue Water Line

Oh I could tell you stories of the glories on that train
Of the 49'er miners and the time old Jesse James
Stole a thousand golden nuggets in that great train robbery
And when old Abe Lincoln rode with Todd* upon his knee

Just twenty thousand quarters and just forty thousand dimes
And we'll ride again to glory on the old Blue Water Line
We'll have William Jennings Bryan stokin' coal on number nine
So dig inside your pockets for the old Blue Water Line

* The Brothers Four recording has "Todd" on Lincoln's lap. It was "Tad" Lincoln, born in 1853, who was young enough to be on Lincoln's knee while Lincoln was president. Mary Todd was Lincoln's wife, and firstborn son Robert Todd Lincoln was born in 1843.

Recorded by The Brothers Four
@train @nostalgia
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