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Lyr Req: The Runaway Train

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Subject: The Runaway Train - words wanted
From: Mike@folklore.bc.ca
Date: 09 May 99 - 11:15 AM

Hi Folks, I'm still looking for the words of the Vernon Delhart song "The Runaway Train"


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Subject: RE: The Runaway Train - words wanted
From: Mudjack
Date: 09 May 99 - 02:41 PM

Is this the same "Runaway Train" by John Stewart that was covered by Joan Baez?
I'm worried 'bout you, I'm worried 'bout me..etc
If thats the one, I can help.
Mudjack


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RUNAWAY TRAIN (John Stewart)
From: Mudjack
Date: 09 May 99 - 05:44 PM

Mike,
I hope this is the song you're after, also covered by Rosanne Cash.
Mudjack


RUNAWAY TRAIN
By John Stewart

I'm worried about you, and I'm worried about me
The curves around midnight aren’t easy to see
The flashing red warnings unseen in the rain
This thing has turned into a runaway train

Long distance phone calls, there’s a voice on the line
Electrical miles that soften the time
And dynamite too, it is hooked to a wire
So are the rails of American Flyer

And the blind boys and gamblers, they invented the blues
We'll pay up in blood when this marker comes due
To try and get off now, it's about as insane
As those who wave lanterns at the runaway train
And this all has turned into a runaway train

Steel rails and heart lines, they're always in twos
And I have been here before, yeah, and now it's with you

I'm worried about you and I'm worried about me
We're lighting the fuses and we're counting to three
What are the choices for the ones who remain?
The sign of the cross or a runaway train
This all has turned into a runaway train

It all has turned into a runaway train


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Subject: RE: The Runaway Train - words wanted
From: Frank Maher
Date: 09 May 99 - 10:35 PM

Hi Mike, I have That Song somewhere in My Collection... I'm having a bit of Trouble finding It.... When I do,I'll send It along to You....


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Subject: RE: The Runaway Train - words wanted
From: Arkie
Date: 10 May 99 - 12:46 AM

I think the Runaway Train on the Dalhart recording was written by Carson Robison, and I think I have a copy of it, but the book is at work. Will check tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: The Runaway Train - words wanted
From: Frank Maher
Date: 10 May 99 - 09:33 AM

Hi again Mike, Here are the Words,taken as they are,on the Record Notice That the Word Hell is left out..... Bad Words were not allowed on Recordings in Those Days !!!!!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RUNAWAY TRAIN (Vernon Dalhart)
From: Frank Maher
Date: 10 May 99 - 09:34 AM

THE RUNAWAY TRAIN
As sung by Vernon Dalhart

'Twas in the year of '89, on that old Chicago line,
When the winter wind was blowing shrill,
The rails were froze, the wheels were cold,
And then the air brakes wouldn't hold,
And Number 9 came roaring down the hill.

Oh, the runaway train came down the track and she blew,
The runaway train came down the track and she blew,
The runaway train came down the track,
The whistle wide and the throttle back
And she blewewwwwwwwwwwwwew

Oh, the engineer said the train must halt and she blew,
The engineer said the train must halt and she blew,
The engineer said the train must halt,
He said it was all the fireman's fault
And she blewew blew, blew, blew

Oh, the fireman said he rang the bell and she blew,
The fireman said he rang the bell and she blew,
The fireman said he rang the bell,
The engineer said ya did like -----
And she blewwwwwwwwwwwwwwew

Oh, the porter got an awful fright and she blew,
The porter got an awful fright and she blew,
The porter got an awful fright,
He got so scared that he turned white,
And she blewwwwwwwwwwwwwwew

Oh, a drummer sat in the parlor car and she blew,
A drummer sat in the parlor car and she blew,
A drummer sat in the parlor car,
And he nearly swallered a fat cigar,
And she blewew blew, blew, blew,

Oh, the runaway train went over the hill and she blew,
The runaway train went over the hill and she blew,
The runaway train went over the hill,
And the last we heard, she was goin' still
And she blewew blew, blew, blew. . . .


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Subject: RE: The Runaway Train - words wanted
From: arkie
Date: 10 May 99 - 02:51 PM

The words posted by Frank were the same as the ones I had. I;ll quit looking.


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Subject: Runaway Train
From: Mike@folklore.bc.ca
Date: 07 Sep 99 - 12:11 PM

I'm still looking for the words of Vernon Delhart's "The Runaway Train"; first line: "The runaway train went down the track and she blew..." Surely SOMEONE has it (pretty please with sugar on top) ??????


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Runaway Train
From: Dale Rose
Date: 07 Sep 99 - 12:49 PM

Mike, I don't know what to tell you, I started with a search of the forum, and I discovered that you have asked this twice before, and have been answered twice before. You need to check back to a thread after you start it to find your answer.

first thread

second thread

Frank Maher answered, and arkie said the words he had were the same, so I am sure that if I were to go to my recording by Vernon Dalhart, I'd find that my version was the same also. It is available on CD, imported from England, Howdy, 25 Hillbilly All-Time Greats, Living Era 5140, 1995.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST,Sid Price
Date: 27 Apr 12 - 07:59 PM

My Dad sang a few lines of an old version of the song to us back in the 1950's. He learned it from an old 78 RPM record when he was a kid in the 1920's. I'd like to find that version.
One of the lines went:
The fireman tried to shovel the coal and she blew, she blew.
The fireman tried to shovel the coal and she blew, she blew.
The fireman tried to shovel the coal,
He opened the door and fell in the hole,
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 12 - 08:23 PM

Sid, check the lyrics that Frank Maher posted above, and Dale posted a source for the recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 07:15 AM

I'm looking for a song called the runaway train that was based on a train in Kirkcudbright in 1963 I think it was, has a man called bob patterson in it. Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST,999
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 09:42 AM

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=27579

Check that thread at


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST,threelegsoman
Date: 01 Oct 12 - 07:37 AM

I uploaded my version of this song only a couple of months ago and along with my the rest of the band "The Cronk Illiam Scratchers" (one year old now) we performed it at Andreas Church Hall in the north of the Isle of Man last month.
My upload is just me on my own, so is not as full and amusing a sound as the band produced.

The Runaway Train


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Oct 12 - 06:14 AM

The runaway train in Scotland was the subject of Pinwherry Dip written and sung by Dave Goulder. There's an audioclip here;
http://www.davegoulder.co.uk/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=4


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Oct 12 - 12:42 PM

Picture if you will a wayside station in a dip between two vicious gradients, in fact it is Pinwherry, on the G&SW route to Stranraer.

Now to get out of Pinwherry, most locomen took a run down the bank, and then went hell for leather up the other side. This was a risky business, especially with loose coupled goods trains, and if a driver was not careful, a snatch could develop, with the attendent breaking of a coupling. Well, one night it happened on the last goods of the night, and half way out of the dip, half the train broke away, and rolled down the bank, through Pinwherry station, and back up the other side. Then came to a stand and back the way they had come, through the station, and back up the other bank. Stopped and ran backwards again. This process continued until the momentum was exhausted and the wagons came to a stand in Pinwherry station.

Sleeping at the station was a permanent-way inspector, whose laconic comment was that this was the busiest country station he'd ever stayed at, with a goods train every ten minutes for half the night.

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1474


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: Mr Happy
Date: 26 Oct 16 - 12:00 PM

GUEST,threelegsoman,

Thanks for your link, I'd not realised that the intro had a tune having only previously heard it delivered monologue style.


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