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Lyr Req: Cannon Ball Blues (Carter Family)

Jeep man 21 Jan 00 - 04:09 PM
GUEST,SD 21 Jan 00 - 04:24 PM
Midchuck 21 Jan 00 - 04:30 PM
GUEST,Gene 21 Jan 00 - 05:10 PM
Doctor John 21 Jan 00 - 05:29 PM
fox4zero 21 Jan 00 - 08:10 PM
Jeep man 21 Jan 00 - 09:58 PM
GUEST,jofield 21 Jan 00 - 10:43 PM
Jim Dixon 04 Oct 12 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,999 04 Oct 12 - 07:11 PM
Dave MacKenzie 05 Oct 12 - 05:24 AM
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Subject: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: Jeep man
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 04:09 PM

This may not be the correct name. It was sung by AP and Maybelle Carter in the 30's. The tune is the same as "McKinnley's Gone", by Flatt and Scruggs. Jeepman


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: GUEST,SD
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 04:24 PM

I believe the song you are looking for is titled: Wabash Cannonball.

It can be found in the Lyrics section here.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: Midchuck
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 04:30 PM

You really, really, really ought to get Utah Phillips' first album, Good, Though, which Rounder has just reissued on CD. It is an all-time classic, and more or less built around that song.

Unless, of course, you are offended by humor of the coarser sort.

Usual disclaimers.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 05:10 PM

Carters recorded at least 3 songs with cannonball in the title:

The Wabash Cannonball
The Cannonball
The Cannonball Blues


McKinley's Gone is a completely different tune
from The Wabash Cannonball - so it must be
either The Cannonball or The Cannonball Blues.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: Doctor John
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 05:29 PM

Jeep Man, Wabash Cannonball is an entirely different song. The one you're looking for is usually called "Cannon Ball Blues"; the Carters recorded in in Memphis May 24 1930 where is called "The Cannonball". It's on their Rounder CD "When The Roses Bloom in Dixieland" as is Wabash Cannonball incidently. Woody Guthrie recorded his own version calling it "Dirty Overalls" (L of C). A different song is called that on S/F just to confuse you! The one you're after is called "Baltimore to Washington" on the S/F release. The tune is as you say "McKinley's Gone" and it's also called "Whitehouse Blues". Let me know if you can't find the lyrics from the information I've given and I'll transcribe them from the Carters' record for you . Dr John


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CANNONBALL (Carter Family)
From: fox4zero
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 08:10 PM

A. P. Carter recorded THE CANNONBALL in his beautiful plaintive way. There is a little bit of the White House Blues (Charlie Poole), but it is really a different song.

You can wash my jumpers, starch my overalls,
Catch that train they call the Cannonball,
From Buffalo to Washington.

Yonder comes the train coming down the track.
It'll carry me away but it ain't a-going to carry me back,
My honey babe, my blue-eyed babe.

My baby left me. She even took my shoes.
Enough to give me the doggone weary blues,
She's gone. She's solid gone.

I'm going up North. I'm going up North this fall.
If luck don't change, I won't be back at all.
My honey babe, I'm leaving you.

There's a certain poignancy in A. P. Carter's voice that is not reproducible. Happy to be of help. PARISH

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 9-Sep-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: Jeep man
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 09:58 PM

Thanks to all of you for the lyrics to Cannonball. Several had it right, and parish sent the correct words, many thanks, Jeep man


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: GUEST,jofield
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 10:43 PM

Cannonball Blues it was, but I'm surprised that the Streamlined Cannonball never came up -- nor is it in the DigTrad database. Anyone got the complete lyrics?


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Subject: Lyr Add: CANNON BALL BLUES (Carter Family)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Oct 12 - 05:41 PM

I just listened to this song on Spotify and transcribed it. It has one more verse than the version posted by fox4zero above, the verses are in a different order, and there are some minor differences in wording. Also, the title is somewhat different. I suspect this is a case of someone posting lyrics from memory a long time after they learned it. That's one way the "folk process" works, I guess.


CANNON BALL BLUES
As sung by the Carter Family on "Can the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music's First Family" (2000)

Oh, listen to the train coming down the line,
Trying to make up all of her lost time
From Buffalo to Washington.

You can wash my jumper, starch my overalls,
Catch the train they call the Cannonball
From Buffalo to Washington.

My baby's left me; she even took my shoes,
Enough to give a man these doggone worried blues.
She's gone; she's solid gone.

Yonder comes a train coming down the track,
Carrying me away but it ain't gonna carry me back,
My honey babe, my blue-eyed babe.

I'm going up north; I'm going up north this fall.
If luck don't change I won't be back at all.
My honey babe, I'm leaving you.


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Subject: Lyr Add: STREAMLINED CANNONBALL (from Roy Acuff)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 04 Oct 12 - 07:11 PM

Artist: Roy Acuff
Song: Streamlined Cannonball   
Album: The King Of Country Music 1936-1947

(He's the Streamlined Cannonball)

A long steel rail a short crosstie I'm on my way back home
I'm on the train the king of them all the Streamlined Cannonball
Oh she climbs along like a cannonball like a star on its heavenly flight
This lonesome sound of the whistle you love as she travels through the night
Her headlight gleams out into the night her firebox flash you see
The blinds I ride and the lights I love are home sweet home to me
Oh she climbs along...
(The lonesome sound of the whistle you love the Streamlined Cannonball)
I can see the smile of an engineer although he's old and gray
A contented heart he awaits back home of the Streamlined Cannonball
Oh she climbs along...

From

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/acuff-roy/streamlined-cannonball-459.html


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 05:24 AM

I suspect that, like many Carter Family songs, there is no definitive version. I've been singing the words originally posted by fox4zero for a long time, and they are "As sung by the Carter Family on RCA Victor EP RCX-7110, "The Original and Great Carter Family" Volume 5. Recorded 24 May 1930."

I also have slightly different sets, which I haven't transcribed, by June Carter and Woody Guthrie, both of which have words to the second part of the tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: 12-stringer
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 08:26 PM

The Carters recorded the song twice. First version, for Victor (1930), is called "The Cannon-Ball" and features solo vocal by A P Carter, with Maybelle on guitar. In 1935 the Carters switched labels and began recording for ARC (now Sony). They re-recorded many of their signature songs on the new label, sometimes with revised lyrics and usually with revamped arrangements. The remake is "Cannon Ball Blues" and features trio vocal with Sara on lead. (Two takes of this recording are extant though only one was issued on 78rpm.) Fox4zero's text is that of the 1930 Victor recording, the same one from which I learned the song many years ago, while the indefatigable Jim Dixon's text is that of the 1935 remake, hence the differences.

Someone did an M.A. thesis on the song and its variants, portions of which appeared in the John Edwards Memorial Foundation Quarterly around 1969.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for train called cannonball
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 11:08 AM

I've been singing this song for about four years now, but I found an extra verse that fits between the first and third as posted by Jim Dixon earlier. I don't remember where I heard it, but probably from a Carter recording.

Now I'm down here, cryin' 'cause he's gone
Feel like I'm dyin' 'cause he's gone
(slight pause in phrasing) he's solid gone.

I've also heard percormers call the song "Solid Gone"


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