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Thread #14233   Message #1919834
Posted By: Mark Ross
27-Dec-06 - 10:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Songs by Bruce 'Utah' Phillips
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs by Bruce 'Utah' Phillips
GIVE ME A TRAIN WITH AN ALL NIGHT BAR is also known as TALKING WOLVERINE, which was a train that ran between Chicago and Detroit. Utah wrote it just after Amtrak took over the passenger system. A red ball was a RR term for a train that had a high priority on the rails, i.e., it would take precedence over any other train on the road, the other trains would hve to pull into to a siding to let the red ball pass them.

Mark Ross