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Thread #48724   Message #2976453
Posted By: Ebbie
31-Aug-10 - 02:15 AM
Thread Name: Discussion: Love Affair With Trains
Subject: RE: Discussion: Love Affair With Trains
This is a fun thread. I've never had an 'intimate' relationship with a train but even at that, trains hold somewhat the same mystique for me as a plane or a ship. All three speak to me of the far reaches.

In 1949 when I was 13 I moved with my family from Oregon to Virginia. We traveled by train. Most of the trains we were on were steam but I remember the first diesel train I saw. My parents were rather disdainful of the diesel and I tried to be, too, but I thought it looked very sleek and clean. I wasn't sure what the problem was...

I know a train song that not too many people do- or at least no one that I know.

It was written by Phil Halliday, a Canadian, and he called it 'That Train Song'.

It goes:

Well, he gave all he had to my maw and me
Just another boy child he would never see
My maw and my paw went their separate ways
I was born on a midnight train.

Well, I was raised in a railside shack
And I'd fall asleep to its clickety clack
All day long I'd run along side
Learned real young how to hop a ride

         Well, I got a soul like a runaway train
         I got a heart that feels no pain
         When you're born with a track beneath your bed
         You sleep one eye open pointing straight ahead.

It's a cool song. Does anyone else know it?