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Thread #119222   Message #2583659
Posted By: Janie
07-Mar-09 - 11:02 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Libba Cotten's Freight Train
Subject: RE: Folklore: Libba Cotten's Freight Train

I think she wrote Freight Train when she was about age 11. They lived next to the railroad tracks in Carrboro, but not on Chestnut St. Lloyd street is where I think they lived. The story I heard is that the song was inspired by the freight trains passing by and that her older brother Louis jumped a freight train to head north to look for work and a bit better chance in life.