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Lyr Req: The Runaway Train (Vernon Dalhart)

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Subject: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train...
From: Mike at: Mike@folklore.bc.ca
Date: 09 Jun 99 - 03:19 PM

Still looking for the words of the Vernon Delhart song "The Runaway Train" that begin "The runaway train went down the track and she blew."


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RUNAWAY TRAIN (Vernon Dalhart)
From: Frank Maher
Date: 09 Jun 99 - 03:50 PM

t: 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: RE: The Runaway Train - words wanted
From: Frank Maher
Date: 10-May-99 - 09:34 AM

'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 nine 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 blew-ew-ew-ew-ew.

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 blew-ew 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 blew-ew-ew-ew-ew.

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 blew-ew-ew-ew-ew.

Oh, a drummer sat in the parlour car and she blew.
A drummer sat in the parlour car and she blew.
A drummer sat in the parlour car,
And he nearly swallered a fat cigar,
And she blew-ew, 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 blew-ew, blew, blew, blew.


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Subject: ADD: Runaway Train
From: bill@selbynet .co.uk
Date: 07 Sep 99 - 03:44 PM

exkuze the speling
the bits i remember were

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 her whistle wide and her throttle back

the conductor said there,ll be a wreck and she blew
the conductor said there,ll be a wreck and she blew
the conductor said there,ll be a wreck the driver said
there will like heck and she blew blew blew blew blew

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 you did like hell and she blew blew blew blew blew


the runaway train came down the hill and she blew
the runaway train came down the hill and she blew
the runaway train came down the hill and the last iheard she was going still and she blew blew blew blew blew



thats all i can remember i hope it will jog your memorey

bill cundall (johannfurkoff)


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Subject: Lyrics for The Runaway Train
From: Don_Deese@telus.net
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 09:01 PM

I'm hoping the find the lyrics for a children's song (probably) named "The Runaway Train". The melody and the song structure are the same as for "The Little Red Train" which is posted in the Mudcat collection of songs. The version of this tune called "The Runaway Train" was the theme song for a BBC children's radio series from the 1950's, hosted by Jack Train. Any help with this would be much appreciated. Don


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for The Runaway Train
From: alison
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 09:09 PM

the runaway train came down the track and she blew...

is that the one?

I think we had a thread on it before... I'll try to find it.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for The Runaway Train
From: alison
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 09:12 PM

there are a few threads... if you put the word "train" in the filter search and set the days to 2 years... you'll find a few.... here's one with the words... runaway train

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train...
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 04:16 AM

another verse:

A donkey was standin in the way & she blew
A donkey was standin in the way & she blew
A donkey was standin in the way
And all they found was just its bray
And she blew,blew,blew,blew,blew

anyone got any more?


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Subject: RE: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train...
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 05:08 AM

another i remembered:

The driver said they' red be a wreck and she blew
The driver said they'red be a wreck and she blew
The driver said they'red be a wreck and he felt the chills run up his neck
And she blew,blew,blew,blew,blew


any more?


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Subject: RE: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train...
From: masato sakurai
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 05:50 AM

'The Runaway Train' (Vernon Dalhart) [audio] is at The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites (Go to "Real Country Page 17").


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train...
From: ranger1
Date: 01 Mar 04 - 06:29 PM

Hallelujah!!!! I've finally found them! My grampa used to sing this song to me when I was a little tyke and I never had any luck finding anyone who'd even heard of the song, much less finding the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train...
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 11:01 AM

I have got this by Vernon Dalhart on a Double CD called Hello Children Everywhere (the definitive collection of Cildrens favourites as presented By Uncle Mac (Derek mcCullock). My children who are 8 and 12 love all the songs on it. Play it when we are going on holiday as it keeps them entertained singing there heads off.
Would you like copy if that is allowed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train...
From: Lighter
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 11:09 AM

Believe it or not, Dan Rather once sang the chorus of this song when he was a guest on "the Tonight Show"!


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Subject: RE: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train... (added)
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 06:10 PM

Michael Holiday sang the UK version. Topped himself in the early 60s.


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Subject: RE: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train... (added)
From: ranger1
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 06:11 PM

Villan, I'd love a copy! My grampa died in 1982, so I've been looking a long time. Thanks.
ranger1


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Subject: RE: Words STILL wanted: The Runaway Train... (added)
From: The Villan
Date: 03 Mar 04 - 04:42 AM

PM on its way Ranger1


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST,nosey old lady
Date: 12 Apr 09 - 10:06 AM

Michael Holiday had a hit with (The runaway train)in the 50s or 60s, don't know who sang it in USA.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 08:44 PM

Just saw this tune used as background during an episode of the BBC show "Scrapheap Challenge"...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: goatfell
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 08:48 AM

song was recorded by Veron Dalhart during the forties in America


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train
From: GUEST,Dick Huey, Dobois, Pa.
Date: 23 May 15 - 10:36 PM

The runaway train

T'was in the year of '89 on that old Great Western line,
When the winter wind was blowin' shrill,
The rails were froze, the wheels were cold, 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, her whistle wide and her throttle back,
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

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 blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

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 "You did like hell"
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

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 he near turned white,
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

A donkey was standing in the way and she blew,
A donkey was standing in the way and she blew,
A donkey was standing in the way and all they found was just his bray,
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

The conductor said there'd be a wreck and she blew,
The conductor said there'd be a wreck and she blew,
The conductor said there'd be a wreck and he felt the chills run up his neck,
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

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 going still,
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train (Vernon Dalhart)
From: GUEST,Dr Who fan (early series)
Date: 25 Aug 16 - 07:04 AM

Jon Pertwee sang 'The Runaway Train' on a children's record I have. He and Jessie Matthews alternate on the record and Enid Heard does the final song on each side. Yes, that's Jon Pertwee, second Dr. Who. I knew him from my album long before I was old enough to watch Dr. Who and didn't make the connection back to the singer on my record for a while, once I did start watching.

In the verse about the fireman claiming he rang his bell, he sings:
- The engineer said, "You did like heck!"
As I got older, I realised it was a sanitised version for children and what the word would be but I didn't know about the recording restrictions someone mentioned - that's interesting.

The album is called 'Children's Favourites' and has a picture of an orangey glove puppet on the album cover.

Other songs he sings are 'A Froggy Went A-Courting' and that one about a fox that went to town and stole a chicken, honestly can't get it into my head at the moment... ah! got a bit of it - 'John, John! The grey goose is gone! The fox is on the town-o, town-o. John, John! The grey goose is gone! The fox is on the town-o.' He does a good farmer's wife! He's great on all of them, actually.

Jessie sings 'Ugly Duckling' among others I can't remember, just now.

Actually, just google the following line and you'll get hits that you can follow to see what else is on the album. I have a lot of records and I'm not sure which batch my record is with, at the moment.
- Jon Pertwee Jessie Matthews children's favourites

Definitely a record I don't intend to part with and where I learned and loved the train song from.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train (Vernon Dalhart)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 26 Oct 16 - 11:13 AM

The Runaway Train

I'm uncertain of the significance of the drummer mentioned in V6.

Anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train (Vernon Dalhart)
From: Snuffy
Date: 26 Oct 16 - 11:58 AM

Drummer explained


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train (Vernon Dalhart)
From: GUEST,Guest, 12-stringer
Date: 26 Oct 16 - 01:58 PM

The song in this thread is credited to Carson J Robison (1889-1957). Dalhart first recorded this in March 1925, with Robison in his combo, and cut it at least 10 times thereafter, though only once after his acrimonious breakup with Robison in 1928.

But cf the May 1922 issue, p 46, of "Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang," a popular low-brow magazine of the day, which contains "The Old Time Runaway Train, Slowed Down by Nation Jones."

A runaway train came down the track
And she flew, she flew
A runaway train came down the track
And she flew, she flew
A runaway train came down the track
She hit a freight and broke her back
And she flew, flew, flew, flew
The son of a gun she flew.

Subsequent verses are given in shorter form (the reader is directed to "Continue the motions as above")

The fireman he was shoveling coal
And the coal ran into the fiery bowl

The porter's name was Ebony Jones
He was a high-faluter with a pair of bones

The switchman he was turning the switch
The heavy old freight ran into a ditch

So a predecessor, perhaps anonymous, lies beneath the Robison copyright. But the popularity of the Dalhart recording seems to have driven it out of circulation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Runaway Train (Vernon Dalhart)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Oct 16 - 03:42 PM

Snuffy,

Thanks so much for enlightenment!

*********

Guest, 12-stringer,

I appreciate your input & extra verses!


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