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Thread #169274   Message #4155343
Posted By: GeoffLawes
17-Oct-22 - 04:10 AM
Thread Name: Any February Songs?
Subject: RE: Any February Songs?
9 February, 1957 John Axon, an English train driver from Stockport, lost his life while trying to stop the runaway freight train he was driving after its automatic brake pipe fractured. Axon's engine crashed into another freight train, but his brave action saved the lives of of the many children being carried on his train. Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, and Charles Parker created the first of the Radio Ballads, The Ballad Of John Axon, around this story.

THE BALLAD OF JOHN AXON
The Ballad Of John Axon from Songfacts
https://www.songfacts.com/facts/ewan-maccoll/the-ballad-of-john-axon
Script of The Ballad Of John Axon from Charles Parker Archive Trust     https://static1.squarespace.com/static/601d943f3b66f8616eac3746/t/6075f9611d647d0141367ce5/1618344289213/john-axon.pdf
John Axon from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Axon
Radio ballad from Wikipedia    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_ballad

Links to the songs sung in The Ballad Of John Axon, on YouTube
1.   Come All You British Loco Men    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qzzZKoZ8Fk
2.  John Axon Was a Railway Man · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJcqslbDmVA&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=2
3.  The Repair Was Done · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imOgObZLbmk&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=3
4.   It Was 4 A.M. That Saturday · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe0LTvJ-vx8&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=4
5.   I May Be a Wage Slave on Monday · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1vRgEUGIpc&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=5
6.  The Iron Road Road Is a Hard Road · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6F6a-Wusjc&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=6
7.  Come All You Young Maidens · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Eamm_M_Ox0&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=7
8.  It Doesn't Matter Where You Come From · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQUDJfSV4E8&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=8
9.   Steam Train, Steam Train · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDM0dWw2j3E&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=9
10.  The Rain Was Gently Falling · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW9BnFnOopQ&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=10
11.  On the 3rd of May 1957 · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-3mWHSNwv0&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=11
12.  The Engine Had Reached the Distant Signal · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7xDl09qq7w&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=12
13.   Under the Large Injector Steam-Valve · Ewan MacColl · Charles Parker · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doy0CaAIHcU&list=PLbFknnbkaiq1iv1yg8Qm0ItYd84NhLIqD&index=13