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Lyr Req: Freight Train Blues (Fred McDowell)

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GUEST,Oombanjo 14 Nov 11 - 06:07 AM
Jim Dixon 14 Nov 11 - 05:39 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 14 Nov 11 - 05:54 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 15 Nov 11 - 02:33 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Mississippi Fred McDowell
From: GUEST,Oombanjo
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 06:07 AM

Help. I have searched both Google Mudcat for The Lyrics for freight train blues by F.McDowell.All I come up with is Roy Acluffs version.
Freds start with "I got on that freight train" there is a recording on youtube. help appreciated Cheers Oombamjo.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES (Fred McDowell)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 05:39 PM

Here's my transcription from the recording which I found on Spotify. I have attempted to include, in parentheses, spoken remarks by someone else heard faintly in the background:


FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES
As sung by Mississippi Fred McDowell, 1959.

I got on that freight train; I tried to beat my way.
Lord, them rocks and gravel, Lord, threw all in my face. (What happened, boy?)

I asked the conductor, let me ride his blind. (Okay...)
I asked the conductor to let me ride his blind. (What did he say?)
Lord, he shook his head, said, "The train ain't none of mine."

(Left you shook up, then...)

I got a letter from Hot Spring. I tell you how it was read. (Feel any better, boy.)
I got a letter from Hot Spring. I tell you how it was read.
Lord, it's come at once, boys: your sure-'nough gal is dead. (...know whether to go blind, then...)
Come at, come at once, sure-'nough gal, sure-'nough gal is dead.

Said I left my baby standin' out back door cryin'. (Felt like somethin' else.)
I left my baby standing out back door cryin'.
I never felt so sorry, Lord, till she said goodbye.
Lord, she—, Lord, she said good—, Lord, she said goodbye.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Freight Train Blues (Fred McDowell)
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 05:54 PM

I did a transcription from the youtube video earlier this evening (then got sidetracked looking at the Mudcat broadcast from Herga).

I had the same as you except for two minor points, where I had:

let me ride it blind

and

standing at back door crying

(also I have: come at once boy - singular)

I just listened again and couldn't decide between the words. Still, minor as these things go.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Freight Train Blues (Fred McDowell)
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 15 Nov 11 - 02:33 PM

Just had a closer listen and think one more difference:

...flew all in my face rather than threw.

Of my other changes, I still hear ride it blind. standing out/at I can't decide.


Mick


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