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Thread #42164   Message #3461268
Posted By: GUEST,SirCoughsalot
04-Jan-13 - 12:05 PM
Thread Name: 900 Miles/500 miles
Subject: RE: 900 Miles/500 miles
I read somewhere that Hedy West got the song from her grandmother, who said that Hedy "jazzed it up" and ruined it. Maybe the song her grandmother sang was 900 Miles or a version of it? All the songs are clearly related. Personally, I like them both. I have heard people play a "Train 45" that sounded exactly like Reuben's Train, but they insisted it was different. Woody Guthrie's Train 45 is noticably different. I've heard a verse in Reuben's Train that goes: "I'm 900 miles from my wife and my child," etc. Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man? is credited to Cousin Emmy, same tune.