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Thread #141495   Message #3257057
Posted By: Jim Dixon
14-Nov-11 - 05:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Freight Train Blues (Fred McDowell)
Subject: Lyr Add: FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES (Fred McDowell)
Here's my transcription from the recording which I found on Spotify. I have attempted to include, in parentheses, spoken remarks by someone else heard faintly in the background:

As sung by Mississippi Fred McDowell, 1959.

I got on that freight train; I tried to beat my way.
Lord, them rocks and gravel, Lord, threw all in my face. (What happened, boy?)

I asked the conductor, let me ride his blind. (Okay...)
I asked the conductor to let me ride his blind. (What did he say?)
Lord, he shook his head, said, "The train ain't none of mine."

(Left you shook up, then...)

I got a letter from Hot Spring. I tell you how it was read. (Feel any better, boy.)
I got a letter from Hot Spring. I tell you how it was read.
Lord, it's come at once, boys: your sure-'nough gal is dead. (...know whether to go blind, then...)
Come at, come at once, sure-'nough gal, sure-'nough gal is dead.

Said I left my baby standin' out back door cryin'. (Felt like somethin' else.)
I left my baby standing out back door cryin'.
I never felt so sorry, Lord, till she said goodbye.
Lord, she—, Lord, she said good—, Lord, she said goodbye.