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Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains

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Subject: Lyr Req: The Disappearing of the Trains
From: topical tom
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 04:58 PM

With the disappearance of many of yesteryear's trains came a host of great songs lamenting the "passing of the train". I know a few but I also know that there are many more out there which I would love to know.One I do like very much is Norman Blake's "The Green Light on the Southern".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Disappearing of the Trains
From: Cretzon
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 06:35 PM

Dave Goulder wrote a few good ones - Requiem (For Steam) is one of my favourites.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Disappearing of the Trains
From: Peace
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 06:39 PM

Look/listen to "Passing of the Train" by Rhonda Vincent on Youtube.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 06:46 PM

Daddy What's A Train, by Utah Phillips. Also Tolono, same artist, same album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Disappearing of the Trains
From: Padre
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 09:07 PM

"Old Train"

"The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore"

"I Miss a Lot of Trains"

"The Engineers Don't Wave from the Trains Anymore"

Padre


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Disappearing of the Trains
From: Rafflesbear
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 02:11 AM

Mentioning Dave Goulder and Requiem for Steam - the track Shutdown of the Pinxton Line relates vividly the 'celebrations' and events that accompanied the last train or last day of so many lines in the UK.

Pinxton is in Nottinghamshire. Good to see a few of the old lines being recommended for re-opening but how shortsighted it has been to allow redevelopment on the old trackbeds


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Disappearing of the Trains
From: Phot
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 05:49 AM

The slow train, by Flanders and Swann.

Wassail!! Chris


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 02:18 PM

Well, I did pretty well changing peoples' lists into links, but there are a few songs I couldn't find. "Requiem for Steam" sounds interesting - can somebody post the lyrics and tell how to get a recording?
I thought only of the obvious choice - "this train has got the disappearing railroad blues": Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 02:26 PM

There's also Albert Hammond's 'I'm a Train.....' with its last verse about 'going down to the breakers' yard.'


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: olddude
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 02:50 PM

Alex
gave me a great idea for a new train song
thanks my friend


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 03:14 PM

Slow Train by Flanders and Swann is a lovely song, especially as performed by Patterson Jordan Dipper.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 03:20 PM

Dave Goulder Website


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: topical tom
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 03:37 PM

Thanks everyone! Good songs and links!


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 05:47 PM

There is a great song by Stanley Accrington about the closure of stations.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 06:19 PM

No one has mentioned Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans. Here's an audio YouTube of Steve singing it.

...This train's got the disappearin' railroad blues...


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 06:26 PM

Slow train on Flat Earth by Patterson, Jordan, Dipper is especially poignant because, IIRC James Patterson's father was Flanders' fag (in the English, not American sense) at school.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 06:39 PM

"walking down the tracks on a dusty day
With the long steel rails so shiny
Now they tore the railroad depot down
And the tracks have all gone rusty
                                        Milwaukee/St. Paul

Not a song exactly about disappearing trains, but the message is in there.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 06:44 PM

There is a great song by Stanley Accrington about the closure of stations.

That'd likely be "The Last Train has gone", and it's on Dave Goulder's "The Golden Days of Steam" as "Last Train".


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,Bill the sound
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 07:10 PM

Eddie Walker have written a good song North Road well worth listening to.


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Subject: ADD: Requiem for Steam (Dave Goulder)
From: BK Lick
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 07:11 PM

Here are the lyrics as posted on the Dave Goulder website. There's also an audio clip there.
REQUIEM FOR STEAM
(Dave Goulder)

When the signals were green did you sit by the line
And watch for the fire in the sky
Then a scream and a roar and the shivering ground
And old Oliver Cromwell goes by
Did you fancy your hand at the throttle and brake
With the steam driven into your soul
Or to stand with the driving wheels under your feet
And shovel a mountain of coal

Well they've silenced the whistle; the coal is all burned
And they've buried the ashes for good
They've torn up the loop, and there's only a scar
To show where the water-crane stood
But the birch and the elder still follow the track
Standing black in the smoke and the rain
And the poor little sheep with the smouldering back
Runs away at the sound of a train

O Britannias and Jubillees, Compounds and Crabs
Have been taken away from the shed
And along with the clipper, the coach and the cab
They speak of an age that is dead
For some are away to be mounted and stuffed
While others are butchered and sold
And the steamraiser's gone for the very last time
And his brazier's broken and cold

Well I've given me kettle and me old tin can
To a lad for a souvenir
And I'd trade in me shovel for twenty fags
Or the price of a bottle of beer
For the Scotsman has come to the end of his run
And Mallard is cold as the stone
The story is over, the giants are dead
And the jackals are picking the bones


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Subject: Add: The Last Train from Bacup (Accrington)
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 08:46 PM

THE LAST TRAIN FROM BACUP
(Stanley Accrington)

I can close my eyes sometimes and still smell the smoke,
As old Fred the porter slams doors.
There's a glance at the clock, a nod to the guard,
And the train is in motion once more.
In the Rossendale Valley on a sultry warm day,
The clanking of wheels echoes on;
But it's all in my mind, when I wake up I find
That the last train from Bacup has gone.

I can stand in the car-park remembering old tales
Of a station that's long since pulled down;
Of fly-shunting wagons, and when they ran off the rails,
Ending up in the centre of town.
Now the juggernauts carry what's left of the trade,
With cotton-bales piled high upon;
But where I worked with my mates is now a housing estate,
And the last train from Royton has gone.

And at three in the morning, when I used to sign on,
I lie awake, half in a dream.
I'm a guard on a special, bound for the coast,
With a 4-6-0 getting up steam.
We've got packages for printers, pigeons to release;
Spare seats after Heywood, not one;
But now they jump on a 'plane for a fortnight in Spain,
And the last train to Fleetwood has gone.

And at Measurements Halt, the track has been lifted,
The platform is all overgrown.
There's willow and scrub where the Delph "Donkey" ran,
Now the valley has claimed back its own.
In the Saddleworth hills on a crisp autumn day,
A plume of smoke still lingers on;
But I'm dreaming out loud, sure, it's only a cloud,
And the last train from Dobcross has gone.

        In the Rossendale Valley on a sultry warm day,
        The clanking of wheels echoes on;
        But it's all in my mind, when I wake up I find
        That the last train from Bacup has gone;
        That the last train from Royton,
        The last train from Dobcross,
        and the last train to Fleetwood has gone.



One of Stanley's finest songs (and there are a few). A railwayman in a former life, he knows whereof he speaks. The song mentions a few Lancashire towns, some of which came to prosperity with the arrival of the railways, and which have all had to face economic difficulties following the arbitrary removal of their links to the rest of the system. A very poignant song that manages not to be bitter.

The last verse is arranged the way I sing it. I think Stanley closes at Bacup. As a Fleetwood resident, I felt I had to get the town name in again at the end!

Ross


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,chinmusic
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 08:54 PM

I've Got A Thing About Trains is a song written by Jack Clement, and recorded by Gove Scrivenor, on his album Shine On. This track would indeed be revalent to the topic.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 09:10 PM

I just came across a terrific Website called Canadian Railroad Songs - lots of lyrics.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Beer
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 09:59 PM

What a great find Joe. Thanks.
Beer (adrien)

Good thread Tom.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: pdq
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 10:19 PM

Norman Blake is a great railroad buff.

He haa s written several songs , including ...

"Railraod Days"

"The Green Light on the Southern"

"Highland Light'"

as well as covering Sam McGee's "Railroad Blues".


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Melissa
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 10:24 PM

"Greenville Trestle"
(lately not many trains go by)


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Melissa
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 10:26 PM

John Denver had one that is either called "Jenny Dreams of Trains" or "Jenny Loves Trains"

(depot's all boarded up, rails have turned to rust
hasn't been a train through here since the mill went bust)


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: topical tom
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 11:00 PM

That is a great website, Joe.
"The Greenville Trestle", Melissa ,I recall as one of my favourite railway songs.
Beer: Thanks. The thread is producing some great links and songs.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,Guest David Jones
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 11:03 PM

Check out the Cyril Tawney song "In the sidings now", about disappearing trains and redundent railroad men.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 11:15 PM

Nanci Griffith wrote one called "Ghost In The Music" on her album "Once In a Very Blue Moon":

Down at the station the tracks are cold
The wheels of thunder they roll no more
And the heart of America cries for the soul
Who won't be rolling home
And the dragon weeps with empty eye
The whistle sighs no more in the night
It rests in the lines like a ghost in the music
The soul of America's pride...


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Subject: Lyr Add: IN THE SIDINGS (Cyril Tawney)
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 02:44 AM

In the Sidings
(Cyril Tawney)

The pin-stripe boys have had their say,
A line must go if it doesn't pay.
But I'm too old to move away,
I'm in the sidings now.

I've worked this line for many a day,
I can name any driver a mile away,
But that's no use when your hair turns grey,
I'm in the sidings now.

Well, now I know how a wagon feels
When the grass comes creeping round its wheels,
And its timbers turn to a woodworm's meals,
I'm in the sidings now.

So I'll give my whistle one more blow,
Then I'll change my pole for a garden hoe,
My bogie fires are burning low,
I'm in the sidings now.

Good business men have often said,
Always trim your costs if you're in the red,
Well, come shake hands with an overhead,
I'm in the sidings now.

If your money tree will bear no fruit,
Never blame the man who tends the root,
But take your knife to the tender shoot,
I'm in the sidings now.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Tangledwood
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 07:09 PM

Australian Railway songs


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,Captain Colin
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 07:26 PM

Harry Nilsson - Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore (Oo ee!)


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 07:58 PM

To drift the thread - there's a fine song Pete Morton wrote with the chorus

There's another train, there always is
Maybe the next one is yours
Get up and climb aboard another train


And what makes it relevant to this thread is that the first time I heard it was in a pub in the little Hertfordshire town of Buntingford - which used to have a station, but they had closed the line down a few years previously, meaning that chorus wasn't exactly in line with the facts...


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 09:19 PM

Orangedale Whistle by The Rankin Family.

Orangedale Whistle


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 09:34 PM

Lyr Add:- Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)

Poison Train
Michael O'Rourke

This old town has had it's day, all the people moved away,
The houses standing empty in the dry and dusty day.
No one cares for this old town now the money's not around,
The railway line is rusty and the station's falling down

When the railway opened here all the gutters flowed with beer,
And the people stood beside the line to watch and wave and cheer.
Oh the speeches that were made when the bosses smiled and said,
"Good times beginning - follow us and you'll go ahead."

There's a light down the line, let it shine lord let it shine,
There's a camp down the way, all the fettlers will be coming home today.

Well they built the streets so wide it'd be a thing of pride
To walk across it drunk or throw a stone to the other side,
And the buildings grew so tall you would tremble at their fall,
Now they all fall down and you'd never know there was anyone there at all.

There's a light down the line...

You can hear the tall man say to the children at their play,
Now you'd better go home early and you'd better stay away.
Stay away from the line can't you hear the tracks are humming,
The grass has grown too tall and the poison train is coming.

There's a light ....

You feel sorry for the grass all it did was grow too fast,
An with the weapons ranged against it, it was never meant last.
And the man and his offsider, well they're all dressed in black,
As the poison train goes through the town and blisters all the track.

But there's a light…

Well it never lasted long half the town was dead and gone;
They were all just too afraid to be left there all alone.
And the people moved away - there was no celebration,
No-one made a speech the day they closed down the station.

There's a light down the line...



Another great song. This is from the lyrics page of Chloe and Jason Roweth of New South Wales http://www.rowethmusic.com.au/pages1/livelyrics.html

from the "us not them" live album "one man's weeds, another man's flowers"

It's also been recorded by The Fagans (Bob & Margaret) and by Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. I was lucky enough to hear the combined Fagan family and Nancy Kerr singing this live a couple of years ago at the Harp in Sydney. Powerful stuff.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: PHJim
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 11:12 AM

TRAIN YARDS
BY HANK FISHER ( WASHBOARD HANK)

1.(G) IF YOU HUNG AROUND THE THE TRAIN YARDS LIKE (C) I HAVE
(G) IF YOU EVER ROAD A FREIGHT TRAIN THRU THE (D) NIGHT
(G)IF TRAIN SOUNDS THROUGH THE DISTANCE TUG YOUR (C)HEARTSTRINGS
(G) YOU KNOW THAT KILLING OFF THE RAILROAD (D) JUST AIN'T (G) RIGHT


2.(G) THE RAILROAD IS WHAT MADE THIS LAND A (C) NATION
(G)IT'S OUR CONSTITUTION BOUND IN WOOD AND (D)STEEL
(G)WE DON'T NEED BIG WORDS PUT DOWN ON (C)PAPER
(G)WE JUST NEED A LINK THAT'S (D)STRONG AND(G)REAL

(BREAK) INSTUMENTAL(IFYOU.....)

3.(G)IT'S THE SMALL TOWNS AND THE BACKYARDS OF THIS (C)COUNTRY
(G)THAT TRULY KEEP THIS COUNTRY STRONG AND(D) FREE
(G)BIG CITIES WITH THERE CRAZY WAYS OF (C) LIV'IN
(G)THEY JUST DON'T GET THE JOB (D) DONE (G) HONESTLY

4.(G)BUT IF YOU HUNG AROUND THE TRAIN YARDS LIKE I(C) HAVE
(G) IF YOU EVER ROAD A FREIGHT TRAIN THROUGH THE(D) NIGHT
(G)IF TRAIN SOUNDS THROUGH THE DISTANCE TUG YOUR (C)HEARTSTRINGS
(G)YOU KNOW THAT KILLING OFF THE RAILROADS(D) JUST AIN'T(G) RIGHT
(G) NO KILLING OFF THE RAILROADS(D) JUST AIN'T (G) RIGHT


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: henryclem
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 11:27 AM

I've got a couple of songs :
"S & D" and "The Ghost Train"

and here's the link (if it works ...)
http://myspace.com/henryclements

Henry


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: theleveller
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 11:33 AM

Just put the National Rail Timetable to music - most of the trains never run.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 02:14 PM

I wrote this one about 2 months ago, and I think you can figure out the melody if you strum through the chords. It's probably as true a song as I have ever written.

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: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: open mike
Date: 06 Jul 09 - 04:37 PM

Greg Brown wrote this song..it has been covered by many.

not exactly about trqains disappering,
but about the famous yodelling brakeman
on his last ride..

The Train Carrying Jimmie Rogers Home


COME ALONG MY DEAR THE TIME IS DRAWING NEAR
WE'LL HAVE TO WALK DOWN WHERE THE FIELD IS OVERGROWN
CONSUMPTION CLAIMED HIS LIFE AND WE DARE NOT MISS THE SIGHT
OF THE TRAIN CARRYING JIMMIE ROGERS HOME

WE'VE HAD SOME HARD TIMES THESE PAST FEW YEARS
LOST THE FARM ALMOST LOST OUR SPIRITS TOO
BUT IT'S THE STRANGEST THING WHEN WE HEARD THAT MAN SING
OH WE KNEW SOMEHOW WE'D MAKE IT THROUGH

   I CAN HEAR THE WHISTLE BLOW THAT OL' TRAIN IS GOING SLOW
   SOUNDS LIKE IT'S CRYING FOR THE SINGING BRAKEMAN TOO
   BACK TO THE SUNNY SOUTH HE'LL GO AND HE'LL NEVER ROAM NO MORE
   HERE COMES THE TRAIN CARRYING JIMMIE ROGERS HOME

COME HOME MY LITTLE SON AND LET ME HOLD YOU UP
I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU ARE GROWN
HOW YOUR MAMA AND YOUR DAD WERE SO PROUD AND SO SAD
WATCHING THE TRAIN CARRYING JIMMIE ROGERS HOME



**
also Norman Blake has a song about the Last Train from Poor Valley.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: vectis
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 05:19 AM

The old country train by Bob Kenward.

About the Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst line.

American song about the Something and A don't stop here any more


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 06:33 AM

A prediction by Alexander Anderson, railwayman and poet, in 1877:


FINIS.


THE swart smoke gem with his heart aglow,
       And all his giant strength and vigour strung,
To help our toiling lower gods below—
       He still remains unsung.

I have but caught, in leaping to the side
       To let him pass in smoke and thunder, dim,
Faint half-heard echoes from that rushing tide,
       Of song which follows him.

But the keen years that for our coming kind,
       Keep greater triumphs than to-day we claim,
Will bring a poet in whose heart the wind
       Of song will leap like flame.

He, born into a richer newer time,
       And with a wealthier past behind, will sing,
Our wild fire-monster blurr'd with smoke and grime,
       Traffic's sole lord and king:

In music worthy of that soul of fire,
       Which in him glows and leaps
Like lightnings, ere they cleave in sullen ire
       Some jagged cloud that sweeps

The hills in muttered fear.   My own dim song
       Will fade and sink, as sinks a fitful wind,
Before the grander music, wild and strong
       Of him who comes behind.


Guess he wasn't far wrong.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,zalby57
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 11:02 AM

"I've Got A Thing About Trains" by Johnny Cash


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: PHJim
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 12:02 PM

vectis mentioned, "American song about the Something and A don't stop here any more"

I think he/she is refering to Jean Ritchie's The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore. Sorry if I spelled your name wrong Jean, I know you're a Mudcat member and I've been a fan for years. This is about one of the great old southern Railroads, the Louisville & Nashville.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Chris Green
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 02:18 PM

There's also 'Last of the Steam-Powered Trains' by the Kinks, of course!


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,synbyn
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 05:43 PM

As vectis mentioned, the Old Country Train was writtenn from the reminiscences of two railwaymen, Mick Wright and Brian Jeffery from Tonbridge shed... you can find it with music as a PDF on the Sing London site- look for Singing Histories: Kent and it's among the 12 there. It is on a CD, Man Of Kent, and I have a few left- please PM me if you're interested
Bob


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: open mike
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 07:49 PM

http://www.bluegrasslyrics.com/all_song.cfm-recordID=sp1262.htm

this Jean Ritchie song has been covered by Norman Blake, Michelle Shocked, Johnnie Cash and Kathy Mattea among others. here is Youtube
of Kathy doing this song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ephmK-pbZJA


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: topical tom
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 06:33 AM

open mike: A great song beautifully played and sung by one of my favourite country singers! Solid stuff! Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Phot
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 10:10 AM

Joe, I know its not quite folk, but how about a permathread for all the Spotters and Railfans on the Cat?

That way you could keep all the bobble hat brigade safely in one place, and we could let each other know about railtours, restoration progress, songs, folklore etc.

Just a thought.

Wassail!! Chris    (GWR.............But with a soft spot for 9Fs!)
    Sounds like an interesting idea to me. Talk with me by personal message.
    -Joe Offer, who lives on the Transcontinental Railroad-


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Nick E
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 07:53 PM

Stan Rogers' song "Guysbourough Train", while not exactly about a trains disapering, seems to be about train lines expected but never built, in my mind seems very much part of the same process.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: topical tom
Date: 09 Jul 09 - 09:58 PM

Refresh.


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,synbyn
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 11:16 AM

The only problem with a permathread is that we have nowhere to hang our anoraks...


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 03:02 PM

I did not spot a mention of Tony Hill's song about his Dad and the LMS railway - Very nice one indeed. I can only remember snatches including what I think may be the refrain or bit of the chorus

"Who's ever heard of the LMS railway
and who's ever herad of my dear old Dad"

Anyone have the rest?

Love Stan's Last Train - One of my favourites. He also occasionaly does another one about trains that we should all be glad no longer exist - The special trains taking people to concentration camps in WW2. Once again very poignant without overdone sentiment. The man realy is a genius.

Cheers

DeG


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Bill H //\\
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 03:52 PM

Interestingly, I did a whole segment on disappearing trains on yesterday's TRADITIONS program---many of those songs included. It came in the 2d hour of the program--if you are interested it is archived for 2 weeks on WFDU.FM The playlist is on my blog


Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Bill H //\\
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 05:44 PM

I should mention that if you go to the archived programs you will have to listen to the last 4 or 5 minutes of the preceding program so don't think you are in the wrong spot

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Ian Fyvie
Date: 07 Jan 11 - 10:14 PM

I've posted couple of references on the thread "Love Affair With Trains". I've writing songs about UK railways since the late 1960s. Two have made it to (old) 45 rpm singles.

I've never produced an album but regularly sing a dozen(ish) at folk clubs.

Ian Fyvie


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,Erich
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 03:16 AM

Old 97 written by Pop Wagner (as sung by Colin Wilkie & Shirley Hart)

Old 97 where did you go
Been so doggone long since I heard your whistle blow
Old 97 where did you go
Ain't we going to see you no more

I can still remember a busy Monday morning
Station full of people, happy and forlorn
Laughing and a-crying, moving to and fro
Old 97 where did you go

In my days of childhood I lived along the track
Watched the trains a-leaving and I'd watch 'em coming back
Watch the engines rolling, puffing down the road
Old 97 where did you go

Now the days are over, the trains no longer run
People moving faster, going with each setting sun
Travelling on the railroad they said was much too slow
Old 97 where did you go


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: oldhippie
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 08:11 AM

There's an old one called "Blue Water Line".


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: Hrothgar
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 09:00 AM

Eric Bogle - No Use For Him


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Subject: RE: Songs About the Disappearing of the Trains
From: GUEST,David L
Date: 27 Apr 15 - 03:05 AM

Recall the refrain to a song heard in a bar 20 years ago.....

'And they tore up the rails that were America's pride'

Can track it down.

Familiar to anyone here?


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