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Georgia Train Songs

PHJim 12 Feb 14 - 01:47 AM
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Subject: Georgia Train Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 01:47 AM

A thread on New Orleans songs made me realise that there are a lot of songs about Georgia that also mention trains. Here are some that I can think of. Are there more?

Georgia On A Fast Train - Billy Joe Shaver
Georgia Railroad - Trad fiddle tune
Slow Train Through Georgia - Norman Blake
Bringing In The Georgia Mail - Fred Rose
Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips
Night Train To Georgia - Jason Aldean


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Subject: RE: Georgia Train Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 01:51 AM

Georgia On A Fast Train - Billy Joe Shaver

On a rainy, windy morning that's the day that I was born on
In the old sharecroppers one room country shack
They say my mammy left me, same day that she had me
Said she hit the road and never once looked back

And I just thought I'd mention, my Grandma's old age pension
Is the reason why I'm standing here today
I got all my country learning, living and a churning
Pickin' cotton, rasin' hell, and bailin' hay

Chorus:
I've been to Georgia on a fast train honey
I wudn't born no yestday
Got a good Christian raisin' and an eighth grade education
Ain't no need in y'all a treatin' me this way

And now sweet Caroline, I don't guess I'll ever find
Another woman put together like you all
With your wiggle and your walkin', and your big city talkin'
Your brand new shiny Plymouth rag-top car

Yeah it's hurry up and wait, in this world of give and take
Seems like haste makes for waste every time
And I pray to my soul, when you hear those ages roll
You better know I'm gonna get my share of mine


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Subject: RE: Georgia Train Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 01:57 AM

Georgia Railroad               (trad.)

Peter and I we went fishin'
Georgia Railroad I am bound;
Caught a big mud-cat, put him in the kitchen,
Georgia Railroad, Georgia gal.

Cow and sheep went out to pasture,
Georgia Railroad I am bound;
Cow said, "Sheep can't you move a little faster",
Georgia Railroad, Georgia gal.

Sheep said: "Cow, I have a sore toe",
Georgia Railroad I am bound;
Cow said: "Sheep, I did not know",
Georgia Railroad, Georgia gal.

Well I'm goin' down the road and the road's all muddy,
Georgia Railroad I am bound;
But I'm so drunk I can't stand steady,
Georgia Railroad, Georgia gal.


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Subject: RE: Georgia Train Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 02:17 AM

Slow Train Through Georgia - Norman Blake

Down by the county bridge
the gondolas roll
hualing down to Birmingham
that dirty half-slag coal
I should let 'er move me on
come sunshine, rain or drought
'cause just like the circle says
Southern serves the South

Hardships and troubles,
Lord, you know I've had some
gettin' older every day
I'm a fair weather bum
let me tell you good people here
it's just about time
to catch a slow train through Georgia
and ease a worried mind

Forty miles an hour
she's rollin' down the line
greasy rail, red-clay trails
through the long leaf pines
any place that the sunshine falls
is where I long to be
Sunshine Southern Special
won't you roll me to the sea

Hardships and troubles,
don't you know I've had some
gettin' older every day
I'm a fair weather bum
let me tell you good people here
it's just about time
to catch a slow train through Georgia
and ease a worried mind

Lord, I wish I was living day-by-day
someplace down the track
come on gal, my old pal
Lord, you know we'll not look back
I'll take down this old guitar
I'll play her everyday
let the slow train through Georgia
roll my blues away

Hardships and troubles,
don't you know I've had some
gettin' older every day
I'm a fair weather bum
let me tell you good people here
it's just about time
to catch a slow train through Georgia
and ease a worried mind


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Subject: RE: Georgia Train Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 02:20 AM

Bringing In The Georgia Mail - Fred Rose

See the engine puffing, boy she's making time
That old trains wearing out the rail, rail, rail
Heading for the mountain that she's got to climb
Bringing in the Georgia mail

Ninety miles an hour and she's gaining speed
Listen to the whistle moan and wail, wail, wail
Has she got the power I'll say yes indeed
Bringing in the Georgia mail

See the driver's travel watch her spin the track
Ought to put that engineer in jail, jail, jail
Has he got her rolling watch her ball the jack
Bringing in the Georgia mail

Rocking and a reeling spouting off the steam
Stoke the fire and hope the brakes don't fail, fail, fail
Serving all the people listen to her scream
Bringing in the Georgia mail


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