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New Song: Southern Flyer

Lonesome EJ 25 Jun 09 - 02:00 AM
catspaw49 25 Jun 09 - 03:27 PM
Barry Finn 25 Jun 09 - 03:36 PM
Lonesome EJ 25 Jun 09 - 03:45 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 25 Jun 09 - 05:22 PM
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Subject: New Song; Southern Flyer
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 02:00 AM

I recently had my Grandpa's railroad watch repaired. Its a 1917 Illinois, and he bought it when he went to work for the L&N Railroad. I was inspired to write this bluegrass tune

Southern Flyer
By Ernie Johnson


I want to (G)ride that Southern (F)Flyer

Down to Nashville, through the (G)night

Let the (G)rumble of the (F)railcars

Rock my soul, til the morning(G) light

Verse 1

Go a-(G)rolling down through (D)Bardstown

Cross the hollers and the(G) hills

Past (G)tobacco barns and (D)cornfields

Past the churches and the (G)stills

Verse 2

To the(G) switching yards in (D)Birmingham

Picking up a load of (G)coal

Rocking (G)hard on mountain (D)trestles

Blowing cinders, steam and (G)smoke

Chorus

I want to (G)ride that Southern (F)Flyer

Down to Nashville through the(G) night

Let the(G) rumble of the (F)railcars

Rock my soul til the morning (G)light





Verse 3

You know my(G) Grandpa was a(D) switchman

Forty years on the (G)L&N

And my (G)Daddy was a (D)rail man

Like his brothers, Charles and (G)Jim

Verse 4

I used to (G)walk past Albroe's (D)Grocery

To where those black steam engines (G)rolled

Grandpa'd(G) hold me by my (D)shoulder

"Son watch that driving wheel grab (G)hold!"

Chorus

I want to(G) ride that Southern (F)Flyer

Down to Nashville through the (G)night

Let the (G)rumble of the (F)rail cars

Rock my (C)soul til the morning (G)light

Verse 5

That old steam(G) engine was like my (D)Grandpa

They're both gone, and they ain't coming(G) back

But in my (G)dreams I hear that whistle (D)calling

That SouthernFlyer keeps rolling down the (G)track

Chorus

I want to (G)ride that Southern (F)Flyer

Down to Nashville through the (G)night

Let the(G) rumble of the (F)railcars

Rock my soul til the morning (G)light
(repeat last two lines, then end)


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Subject: RE: New Song; Southern Flyer
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 03:27 PM

I like it!

Like to hear it though........You oughta' do it on YouTube...........the song that is.........I don't think you can do the other anymore.................I mean on YouTube.....not you personally......although that might be equally true..........Look, I like the song....'nuff said........


Spaw


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Subject: RE: New Song; Southern Flyer
From: Barry Finn
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 03:36 PM

I'd like to hear it too, EJ

Barry


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Subject: RE: New Song; Southern Flyer
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 03:45 PM

Been performing it with a local group of BG pickers, some of whom suggested I get it copyrighted. Or posted on Mudcat, anyway. Maybe we can get this You-Tubed.
Spaw, there is already plenty video of me doing the other "it" on the internet under my pseudonym "The Silver Flash". Just do a search with key words "old+sexy+rubbercatfishsuit".


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Subject: RE: New Song: Southern Flyer
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 05:22 PM

By 1913, the company was producing over 500 fine watches a day and had over 500 employees. I have an Illinois of my grandfather's as well.
By 1917, serial numbers were 3,000,000; 3,200,000 in 1918 (thus easy to date by serial no.).
The Bunn special was their best railway watch.
First watch produced in 1872 at the Springfield, Illinois factory.

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