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Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please

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Subject: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 10:31 PM

Yeah, I like them too and as the son of an engineer, I've alwyas had a special attachment to some of them. Here's the deal.

Back home in Dennison is a depot made famous as "Dreamsville" during WWII because of the free canteen that served almost 20% of the soldiers travelling by rail during that time. Its now wonderfully restored and has excursion train services through the valley, some by steam. If you are ever in the area, stop by in Dennison, Ohio.

The director there asked me for a "good list of railroad songs" .... say 20 or so. So I sat down and wrote back a list with links to words, etc. Then I got to thinking about all the conversations we've had here and also included that I'd "check with some knowledgable friends."

You don't need to post a long list of songs and where I can find them, but I would like your top 3,4, 6, whatever. Pick out the ones you really like best, railroad related. I mean, I love "East Texas Red" and its sorta' railroad related. So pick out your favorites and post them (link lyrics if you like).....don't go to a lot of trouble, but I think it would eventually add to an intriguing list.

Thanks group....in advance!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 10:45 PM

Why don't you get Norm Cohen's compendium, 'The Long Steel Rail'. I think it was recently reprinted.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 10:50 PM

Yes it was and I know Sandy got a copy....I think Joe may have too. But I'm not looking for that, great as I know it is (and its high on my "Want" list). Just what 2 or 3 do YOU like best.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Frank of Toledo
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 10:54 PM

WABASH CANNONBALL

JERRY GO AND ILE THAT CAR

DADDY, WHAT'S A TRAIN?

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

HOOD RIVER ROLL ON

WAITING FOR A TRAIN

ENGINE 143(FFV)

RUN KATE SHELLY RUN

WRECK OF THE OLD 97


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: mkebenn
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 10:58 PM

My grandfather used to sing me CASEY JONES when I was a kid, still love it. Then CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, then Lightfoot's STEEL RAIL BLUES.. Mike


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 11:00 PM

Jay Gould's Daughter. Which is the one that was a dark stormy night, not a star was in sight, and the north wind come howling down the line? Shel Silverstein's "it got there on time and it did not crash" - also those lovely ones I think Cisco Houston does, Railroad Bill, Hobo Bill, the gambler? The And I caught me the end of an old freight train and I never did come back guy? Clickety-clack. Whoo woo, peanut butter. I love train songs!


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: ddw
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 11:03 PM

Bukka White's "SPECIAL STREAMLINE" and "PANAMA LIMITED" are sorta about trains.

Mississippi John Hurt's "SLIDIN' DELTA"

Obvious oldies — WRECK OF THE OLD 97, ENGINE 143 (FFV), CASEY JONES.

DOWNBOUND TRAIN

Big Bill Broonzy's "THIS TRAIN"

ALL AROUND THE WATER TANK

Sorry, 'Spaw — I get carried away....

david


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: ddw
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 11:05 PM

Forgot to mention the old Kingston Trio nugget "FAST FREIGHT"

david


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 11:20 PM

Norman Blakes "RANDALL COLLINS"

CAP'T BOB


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 11:43 PM

"a dark and stormy night, not a star was in sight" That's the "Wreck of Number Nine". Good grief ... I was there when the wreck happened. CHEERS, Bob Nelson


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: mousethief
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 11:51 PM

City of New Orleans. Eliz. Cotton's Freight Train. Robert Johnson's All My Love's in Vain. Mississippi John Hurt's Talking Casey Jones Blues.

-alex


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Les B
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 12:31 AM

"Life is Like a Mountain Railway"

"Railroadin' on the Great Divide"

"Milwaukee Blues" (Charlie Poole)


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Sourdough
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 12:37 AM

I'd add "Hellbound Train", "Georgia Mail", and "The D'Autemont Brothers".

Sourdough


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: ddw
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 12:38 AM

How 'bout "Two Ten Train" — not strictly folk, but a fine song.

david


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Spud Murphy
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 12:47 AM

There was one my dad used to get a lot of requests for many years ago about a child playin on the railroad tracks and the fireeman (I guess he was also a cowboy) took a lariat and crawled out on the runnin board and roped a switch (or somethin) and dallied to the stack and derailed the train. The engineer and fireman both were killed in the wreck but 'THEY SAVED THAT DARLIN CHILD!!!'

Don't remember the name of the song, but I wish I did. I guess I forgot it.

Spud


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 05:15 AM

Well, 'Spaw, seems like most of my repertoire and folk/skiffle record collection is train-related. I'm sure most of these have been mentioned:Freight Train;Wreck of the old 97; Rock Island Line; Wabash Cannonball;Casey Jones;Workin' on the Railroad;John Henry; Take this hammer;Last train to San Fernando;Streamline Train; 6.5 special;Choo Choo Ch'boogie and lots that mention trains:Worried Man Blues;Weeping Willow Blues;Lost John;Alabamy Bound;Buddy can you spare a dime.
This from work and away from aids to memory.
Long Steel Rail is a great book which Herself bought me after I saw it recommended by Joe and others.
RtS (chug chug Whooo Whooo - never mastered Honky Tonk Train Blues on the kazoo!)


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 05:21 AM

Don't miss the Train songs thread we had a while back. Stewie's been working on a collection of train songs, and he's posted lots of them here.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: bob schwarer
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 06:21 AM

Slow Train Through Georgia

Green Light on the Southern

Wreck of the FFV

I'll think of some more when I wake up.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: bob schwarer
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 06:52 AM

First cup of coffee:

The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: bob schwarer
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 06:55 AM

Again.

Not too trainy, but "Midnight Special"

Also, "Orange Blossom Special"

"Last Train From Poor Valley"

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Brian Hoskin
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 07:36 AM

All of the above and Arlo's "Last Train to Glory", and the late great Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready", with which he continues the long use of railroad imagery to articulate social messages.

Brian


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: bigchuck
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 07:43 AM

Songs by Utah Phillips; Starlight on the Rails, Paddy Welcome Back, Old Buddy, Goodnight, Queen of the Rails, No Round TRip Ticket, Boomer Bill. Also Roy Acuff's Streamline Cannonball.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Roll&Go-C
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 08:27 AM

Spud Murphy,

The song you are thinking of is the "Cowboy Engineer" which I am sure is in the Forum.

I have a fondness for "Bill Brogan's Goat" , "The Train to Morrow" and "The Dummy Line" but I also love the classics.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Walter Corey
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 08:29 AM

"Are You Right There, Michael" by Percy French is a great railroad song (click here)


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Roll&Go-C
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 08:29 AM

How about "Cowboy Fireman". Sorry


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 08:40 AM

Just great friends!!! From the first post of Toledo Frank, I've been going, "OH YEA!!! There's a winner!" in almost every posting. Great stuff.

JOE....I had that thread and read it before.....I was just hoping for (and getting) a different take/slightly different angle.....but thanks. I probably should have referenced it myself in the first post, but somehow that always cuts the creative thought a bit, ya' know?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: SINSULL
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 10:05 AM

Lightenin'Express
Hank William's "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow"


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Rex
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 12:04 PM

Yeah, the Wreck of the Number Nine. Mountain Railway too. If you haven't seen it, check out "Scalded to Death by the Steam". Another fine collection of railroad songs and their history. I didn't see it listed above but another favorite is Way Out There done very well by the Sons of the Pioneers. Used to work for the railroad myself.

Rex


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: annamill
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 12:37 PM

I went to the forum to find "Cowboy Fireman" and I can't get in. Boo!

Great thread.

Love, annamill


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 12:51 PM

"Freight Train Blues" ~ my dad used to sing it to me.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 04:05 PM

Bruce Phillips' "Phoebe Snow" is one of the very best.

Hank Williams' "The Old Log Train" is a relatively unknown favorite of mine.

"The Hobo's Last Ride" from Buell Kazee in the 1920s---then Hank Snow in the 1950s (with a different tune) and then me too (Folk Legacy).

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Metchosin
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 04:48 PM

Most of my favourites have been mentioned except for The Hobo's Grand Convention as played and sung by my grandfather, a variant of that in the DT, particularly the chorus:

Every 'bo and restless mover
From 'Frisco to Vancouver
Chicago and Milwalkee
Minneapolis and St. Paul

I don't think it has ever appeared on a recording, but I have been told that there is an upcoming CD of hobo songs on which our version will appear, just don't know when. I know the tune but I don't know yet how to get it to the DT short of singing it.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: SINSULL
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 05:52 PM

Does anyone know the lyrics to "The Train that Never Returned Again"? I had a 78 recording of it as a child but it is long gone. The reverse side was "There's a Big Rock In The Road" or "Poor Folk". Can't remember.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 08:01 PM

Two come to mind immediately:

"Last Train to Nuremburg", which was sung and maybe written by Pete Seeger.

A song (forget the title now) sung and played by Bascomb Lamar Lunsford which included the verse:
I don't like no railroad man.
I don't like no railroad man.
A railroad man, he'll kill you when he can,
And he'll drink up your blood like wine.

If necessary I could dig this song out and supply the whole text.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 08:13 PM

To find lots more songs, plug either "train" or "rail" into the Filter box, and set Age to "3 years" and click the Refresh button.

But if you just want to know my personal favorites, I'd vote for One More Ride, Glendale Train. I also like "Orange Blossom Special," as sung by Johnny Cash. A lot of people don't even know it has words. It's in DT.

By the way, I like trains, too, although my dad was only a janitor in the headquarters building of the Missouri Pacific Railroad in St. Louis. Don't laugh: It kept him out of WW2 because he worked in an "essential industry." Not only did we get cheap tickets, but he was able to bring home lots of souvenirs. Just the other day, after visiting my mother's house, I brought home a copy of "The Uniform Code of Operating Rules." (Hope I got the title right.) I worked in an office there myself four summers in a row while I was a college student.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Rob
Date: 06 Feb 01 - 11:49 PM

The Monkey and the Engineer, Railroad Bill, and Last Train to Glory

Those are some of my personal favorites... Rob


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 12:23 AM

Thanks to you all!!! I had the other threads such as Jim suggested, even participated in some, but this added a few new voices and brought out quite a few not mentioned which are real fine songs. Again.....Thanks!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Inukshuk
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 12:37 AM

Just too many damned excellent train songs. I remember the throb and the smell of the steam engines. Nearly got hit by one once. I remember the last one that came down the track by our house. It was in the late fifties. My all time favourite train song has to be "Streamlined Cannonball." Most everyone else prefers the four/four Doc Watson version, but I cling to the original Roy Acuff waltz.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 12:48 AM

Did anyone mention "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" by Jimmie Rodgers or "Nine Hundred Miles" or "The Twelve Sixty-Two" or "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" or "The Rock Island Line" or--aack--I can't think of the name of it: Hang Snow's great song to about the same tune as "Brown's Ferry Blues"--or "Lost John"?

--seed


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 12:51 AM

oops, that's Hank Snow.

--seed


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: SINSULL
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 10:23 AM

OK I'll say it "The Last Train to Clarksville"

The Baggage Coach Ahead


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Keith A at work
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 10:58 AM

Just in case you would like an English song for variety, The Ballad of John Axon By Ewan McColl is a good song telling a true story.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Wendy
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 11:15 AM

DaveO's lyrics above are from I WISH I WAS A MOLE IN THE GROUND. One of my favorites.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 05:26 PM

Glendale Train-New Riders Waiting For A Train-Eric Andersen City Of New Orleans-Steve Goodman Mountain Railway-Johnny Cash/Nitty Grtitty Dirt Band


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 05:38 PM

Carson Robison's "Runaway Train" and Hank Snow's "Golden Rocket".


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Subject: Lyr Add: WAITING FOR A TRAIN (Jimmie Rodgers)
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 06:11 PM

WAITIN' FOR A TRAIN

All around the water tank, waitin' for a train
I'm a thousand miles away from home, just standin' in the rain
I walked up to a brakeman to give him a line of talk
And he said, "If you've got money, I'll see that you don't walk."
"I haven't got a nickel, not a penny can I show."
So he said, "Get off, you railroad bum!" and he slammed that boxcar door.

He put me off in Texas, a state I dearly love
The wide open spaces around me, the moon and stars above
Nobody seems to want me, or lend me a helping hand
I was on my way from 'Frisco, headed back to Dixie land
My pocketbook is empty; my heart is filled with pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home, just a-waitin' for a train
[Yodeling...] the late great Jimmie Rodgers

I just looked in the DigiTrad ... don't appear to be there. I LOVE this song. Without the yodeling, I'll do it when I'm busking and some 70/80-year-olds remember it!

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 28-Mar-03.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 06:19 PM

Hey ddw david sorry i didn't read through all forty-some replies before I posted :( I searched the Trad under the title you use, i.e., the first line, All around the water tank ... but it's not there. If you could edit my off-the-top-of-my-head memory of it, it should be Lyric Add however you 'catters do that. somebody please put the credit and year on it 2

Thanx 'catters [I *love* this place!]


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Sorcha
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 06:33 PM

Wreck of the Old '97
Freight Train, freight train, (goin down the line)title?
Rock Island Line
Folosm Prison Blues (and if this train was mine, I'd move on a little farther down the line)
Raised By the Railroad Line, by Paul Craft (put that penny on the rail that the wheel mashed flat)


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 06:44 PM

Does anyone remember a song that includes: "Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, the wheels are saying to the railroad track, 'Once you go you can't come back.'...?"

I've been singing part of that song to my train-crazy three-year-old and I would like to have a copy or at least all of the lyrics. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Sorcha
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 06:46 PM

spaw, you might want to look at this site, lyrics included.. Lyrics for Raised by the Railroad Line are there........I didn't realized that Tenesse Ernie did it too, the only version I know was recorded by Chris LeDoux.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAST FREIGHT (Terry Gilkyson)
From: Sorcha
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 07:09 PM

Guest Mike, here's your lyrics:

FAST FREIGHT
Terry Gilkyson

As I listen for the whistle, lie awake and wait.
Wish the railroad didn't run so near,
'Cause the rattle and clatter of that old fast freight
keeps a-makin' music in my ear. Go bum again. Go bum again. Oo-

Chorus:
Hear the whistle blow. Hear the whistle blow.
Clickety clack, clickety clack. The wheels are saying to the railroad track.
Well, if you go, you can't come back.
If you go, you can't come back.
If you go, you can't come back.

Well, I wouldn't give a nickel for the bum I use to be,
work as hard as any man in town.
I got a purty gal. She thinks the world of me.
Man would be a fool to let her down.
Go bum again. Go bum again. Oo-

(Chorus)

So ev'ry night I listen, wonder if it's late.
In my dreams I'm ridin' on that train.
I feel my pulse a-beatin' with that old fast freight
and thank the Lord I'm just a bum again.
Go bum again. Go bum again. Oo-

(Chorus)

Recorded by the Kingston Trio


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Wendy
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 08:14 PM

How about Sleepy John Estes, "Diving Duck Blues"? It's perhaps not in the spirit of songs wanted in the request, but I like the lyric: "If the train don't hurry, there's gonna be some walkin' done."

I can't find a reference to this in the DT, or the forum search - am I missing it? If not, anyone want me to post the lyrics?


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Subject: Lyr Add: NEW FRISCO TRAIN (Bukka White)
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 09:30 PM

Is this the one Wendy?

Whoo, well, I got a little woman in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
She was the sweetest little woman that your men most ever saw

Gonna get up in the mornin', baby, with the risin' sun
Whoo well, in the mornin', baby, with the risin' sun
If this train don't run, gonna be some walkin' done

My baby she's callin' me, she called me up on the phone
Whoo well, she's callin' me, she called me up on the phone
She said, "Daddy, daddy, I don't jive, come on hurry home"

My baby says, "I'm tired goin' to bed and moan"
Oh well, she says, "Tired of goin' to bed and moan.”
She said, "I ain't had no lovin', daddy, daddy, since that you been gone"

Well, she says, "I'm tired, daddy, singin' to you lonesome songs"
Oh well, she says, "I'm tired of singin' to you lonesome songs.”
She says, "I ain't even here, daddy, I ain't even here anymore.”

My baby says, "I'm tired, daddy, hearin' my bedsprings groan"
Ooo, well, she says, "I'm tired a-hearin' my bedsprings groan"
She said, "I declare if you want me, daddy, you better hurry on"

Spaw

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 8-Nov-01.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 09:36 PM

Sorry....cut off my opening statement.....Should have said....

I think you're referring to a Bukka White song Wendy....Maybe this one called "New Frisco Train"

And once again, I'm enjoying the picks and this thread. Many, many thanks gang!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Fred
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 12:01 AM

I like the Hobo's Lullaby. Also what is the one about "she took the Katy, left me the mule to ride" about the MKT (Missouri, Kansas and Texas line)?


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Subject: Lyr Add: DIVING DUCK BLUES (Sleepy John Estes)
From: GUEST,Wendy
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 12:04 AM

That Bukka White sounds like a good song. I'll have to find it and give it a listen. But it's not the song I was talking about. The song I'm talking about is:

DIVING DUCK BLUES
(Sleepy John Estes)

Now if the river was whiskey,
And I was a diving duck,
Now if the river was whiskey,
And I was a diving duck,
I would dive on the bottom,
Never would come up.

Don't never take
A married woman to be your friend.
Don't never take
A married woman to be your friend.
She will get all your money,
And give it to her other man.

Now a married woman
Always been my friend.
Now a married woman
Always been my friend.
Now a married woman
Gonna carry me to my grave.

Now ain't it hard
To love someone thats dead(??)?
Now ain't it hard
To love someone thats dead(??)?
You can't get her when you wanna,
Have to use her when you can.

Now the sun gonna shine
On my backdoor someday.
Now the sun gonna shine
On my backdoor someday.
Now the wind gonna rise
Gonna blow my blues away.

Now I went to the railroad,
Looked up at the sun.
Now I went to the railroad,
Looked up at the sun.
If the train don't hurry,
Gonna be some walking done.

I'm not sure about that word in the 2nd verse - it sounds like "dead", but "wed" would seem to make more sense...
Sleepy John Estes recorded this in 1929. The recording also features wonderful mandolin by Yank Rachell.
I'm listening to it on "I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More" .


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: jaze
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 10:29 AM

There was a PBS Special some years ago about trains. I think it was called Riding the Rails. Johnny Cash was the narrator. He sang several songs about trains. There was one that I've been trying to find. All I can remember now is that he was singing about the elelgance of the old trains and the line in the song was something about "velvet and burgandy". Not much to go on I know. Any train song buffs have any idea?


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 10:38 AM

My favorite - was singing it on my way to work this morning - Atlantic Coastal Line and then Hank Snow's Canadian Pacific.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: SINSULL
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 11:20 AM

Whoo whoo? Spaw? Should we grab our towels and cover our eyes?


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 11:29 AM

Sorcha, Thanks a lot for the Fast Freight lyrics. I can't find a current K.T. CD on Amazon with the song, but at least now I know what to look for.

Another question for Hugh (my train-crazed three-year-old). There is a song sung on Disney's Great Locomotive Chase which includes the lines: "Oh I stole a locomotive just to take a ride, for my Pappy was a railroad man."

Can anyone identify? Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Inukshuk
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 11:43 AM

We can't forget the Sons of The Pioneers, Johnny Cash, et al and "One More Ride"


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 11:49 AM

Jaze: Johnny Cash recorded a song called "Crystal Chandeliers and Burgundy" on the albums "The Junkie and the Juicehead, Minus Me" (1974), and "Destination Victoria Station" (1975). The latter apparently consists entirely of train songs. Could this be the song you want? I was unable to find the lyrics.

In the process of trying to find this song, I found 2 more sites that list lots of train songs:
Train Songs, Compiled and Edited by Wes Modes.
and W&H MAIN YARDS: Railroad Songs.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 01:29 PM

Thanks,Jim I'm sure that's the one I've been looking for!


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 01:38 PM

wOW! This thread is amazing. I recall a song my late brother and I sang a million times: Johnny Cash's One more ride. {"Oh the clickety-clack of the railway track is callin'" "If a man coould know where the Santa Fe goes when she gets under steam..." -- I could post the lyrix if anyone wants) And that made me remember [faintly] a tune from the '50s "Smoke along the track" with cool steel guitar licks emulating the doppellering whistle ... AND the very first LP record I ever bought, Cash's Ride This Train, where the barefoot boy does a spoken monologue with train sounds in the background, and spins together songs from across America--tho' I can't recall right now if any of them were train songs-- :(

dennis


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 02:00 PM

Dennis/Dr. Word: Look at my first posting in this thread and you will see a link to the words to "One More Ride" which I posted in another thread. You needn't bother to post them again.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,PhilG.
Date: 05 Jan 06 - 01:29 PM

Hmmm .. add the Folsum Prison Blues as sung by Johnny Cash.. it's more about the nearby train than the prison...


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: ad1943
Date: 05 Jan 06 - 08:45 PM

From America:

"Mystery Train"

From Australia:

"The Indian Pacific"

All good stuff

Allen from Oz


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 12:09 AM

Previous threads on this Phil - try the search box.


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 03:08 PM

'Spaw--

Many of my favorites already listed above, but I didn't see "Fast Train to Georgia." Art mentioned "Phoebe Snow," and someone else listed "Golden Rocket" by Hank Snow. I like the version by Ginny Reilly better--from the ladies' point of view. "City of New Orleans" of course, and definitely "Waiting for a Train."

How about "Cherokee Fiddle"? And there was one by Willie that I remember (vaguely) from a long time ago, about a prostitute who worked the trains--she was having to give up and go home because the passenger trains were shutting down. But my last brain cell just teetered and I can't remember the song's name...sorry!

Good stuff, all!

Lin


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Once Famous
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 05:28 PM

Jenny Dreamed of Trains, written by Guy Clark


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: pdq
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 07:50 PM

Norman Blake has done a huge number of railroad songs, these are some he actually wrote:

"Last Train From Poor Valley"

"Lincoln's Funeral Train (The Sad Journey to Springfield)"

"The Railroad Days"

"Slow Train Through Georgia"

"Southern Railroad Blues"


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 08:24 PM

GUEST, Wendy (way back there) posted a link to "Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," which contains the lines about "I don't like no railroad man."

With the passage of time and the evolution of Mudcat, that link no longer works, so try I Wish I was a Mole in the Ground. There you go!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Tootler
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 10:29 AM

The original message from Catspaw mentioned steam trains in Dennison, Ohio.

Are the trains still running? We will be in Ohio this summer. My wife is a keen quilter and we are going to visit Amish Country round Berlin. We went there 18 months ago and had a very enjoyable time and my wife wants to go back. We are taking my daughter and my sister this time (also quilters). We will be flying to Cincinnati July 9th and Home again July 20th. I would also be interested in any traditional music activity. I don't see why they should have all the fun :-)

Any info will be much appreciated. PM me.

Thanks in advance.

Geoff


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 11:06 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Severn
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 12:02 PM

Some favorites:

BILL MASON-Charlie Poole, Jim Watson,
THE MONKEY AND THE ENGINEER-Jesse Fuller
LONELY DEADHEAD BOXCAR-Al Grierson
THE TRAIN CARRYING JIMMIE RODGERS HOME-Greg Brown, Nashville Bluegrass Band
WAY OUT THERE-Sons Of The Pioneers, Pete Seeger
LININ' TRACK-Library Of Congress field recordings, Leadbelly, Koerner Ray & Glover, Taj Mahal
THE WILD DOGS OF KITWANGA-Al Grierson

And Check out the Library of Congress album Railroad Songs and Ballads (originally AFS L61 on LP-now Rounder CD 1508)


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 06:53 PM

I've just received Dave Goulder's 'The Man Who Put the Engine in the Chip Shop', including some interesting train sounds. Also, I love Tony Cuffe's version of The Iron Horse, about the railway coming to the east coast of Scotland.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RAILROAD LADY (J Buffett & J J Walker)
From: GUEST,riverboat annie
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 11:08 PM

RAILROAD LADY

Written by - Jimmy Buffett & Jerry Jeff Walker
From - A White Sport Coat & a Pink Crustacean

She's a railroad lady
Just a little bit shady
Spendin' her days on the trains
She's a semi-good looker
But the fast rails they took 'er
Now she's tryin', just tryin' to get home again

South Station in Boston to the freight yards of Austin
From the Florida sunshine to the New Orleans rain
Now that the rail packs
Has taken the best tracks
She's tryin', just tryin' to get home again

She's a railroad lady
Just a little bit shady
Spendin' her life on a train
Once a pullman car traveler
Now the brakeman won't have 'er
She's tryin', just tryin' to get home again

Once a high ballin' loner he thought he could own 'er
Bought her a fur and a big diamond ring
She hocked 'em for cold cash
Left town on the Wabash
Never thinkin', never thinkin' of home way back then

But the rails are now rusty
The dinin' car's dusty
Gold plated watches have taken their toll
Yeah the railroads are dyin'
And the lady she's cryin'
On a bus to Kentucky and home that's her goal

She's a railroad lady
Just a little bit shady
Spendin' her life on a train
She's a semi-good looker
But the fast rails they took 'er
Now she's tryin', just tryin' to get home again

Yes on a bus to Kentucky and home once again


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT TRAIN SONG (Phil Halliday)
From: Ebbie
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 03:16 AM

There's one we do that I've heard anywhere else. It's by Phil Halliday. He calls it 'That Train Song'

(I just looked it up. It is evidently by Jacques Goudreault and Halliday sings it shorter and slightly different. But it's an interesting tune with long drawn out vowel sounds. It's fun to sing. We sing it progressively faster as the box cars go rattling down the line.)

Well, he gave all he had to my maw and me
Just another boy child he would never see
Well, my maw and my paw went their separate ways
I was born on a midnight train

Well, I was raised in a railside shack
And I'd fall asleep to that clickety clack
All day long I'd run alongside
Learned real young how to hop a ride

Well, I got a soul like a runaway train
I got a heart that feels no pain
When you're born with tracks 'neath your bed
You sleep one eye open, pointin' straight ahead


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 02:30 AM

GUEST, Riverboat Annie:

Thank you! That was the song I was trying to remember. I didn't realize Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker had written it, though, and the only one I've heard do it is Willie Nelson. Of course, Jimmy would do a good job on it too, I suspect.

Thanks again for letting me know it's not Alzheimer's yet!

Lin


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: David C. Carter
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 05:40 AM

Texas-1947-Guy Clark
New Delhi Freight Train-Terry Allen,from LUBBOCK(on everything).


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Subject: RE: RAILROAD SONG BUFFS--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Peter from Berlin
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 01:03 PM

Do you have the Lyrics of "Streamline Train" ?


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,GUEST, Michael
Date: 25 Apr 08 - 08:06 AM

This is an answer to Mike's question from above about The Great Locomotive Chase song. I've looked for that song all over, and I'm pretty sure it was created for the movie, and that James J. Andrews and his men were supposed to have made it up during the mission. I may be wrong, but I've never been able to find the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: topical tom
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 12:37 PM


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Subject: ADD: Passing of the Train
From: topical tom
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 12:40 PM

Passing of the Train as sung by Rhonda Vincent.


Way back when it all began
With muscle, wood and steel,
Mighty man tamed the land
With a horse that rode on wheels;
It broke the heart of the red man
And made a name for Jesse James;
A mark was left forever
By the passing of the train.

As a little child my thoughts ran wild
As I clung to Mama's dress,
As the train grew near the engineer
Waved my fears to rest;
He tipped his hat and pulled the cord
And blew a long refrain-
Around midnight I'd be dreaming
Of the passing of the train.

(Chorus)

Clickety clack heating up the track
Can't you hear that whistle scream?
She's a'letting you know just how she feels
With a belly full of steam.
All aboard who's going aboard
It'll never be the same.
It's a downright lonesome feeliing
With the passing of the train.

That old caboose, they cut it loose
And they ain't gonna bring it back.
It sits beside the towns that died
Along a million miles of track.
We're always late when we get there
So we'd sooner hop a plane,
But anyone who's heard that whistle
Mourns the passing of the train.

(Chorus)

Clickety clack heating up the track
Can't you hear that whistle scream?
She's a'letting you know just how she feels
With a belly full of steam.
All aboard who's going aboard
It'll never be the same.
It's a downright lonesome feeling
With the passing of the train.

(Tag)

All aboard who's going aboard
It'll never be the same.
It's a downright lonesome feeling
With the passing of the train.

[Thanks to cowboylyrics.com for lyrics]


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: oldhippie
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 10:05 PM

Can't believe nobodys mentioned "Blue Water Line".


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: topical tom
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 10:32 PM

I may have missed it but I didn't see mentioned "The Fireball Mail".


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 11:39 PM

Both are in the DT, and both have threads.
44301: Fireball Mail
50569: Blue Water Line

Most RR songs may be found at Mudcat- just use Lyrics and Knowledge Search.


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: quokka
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 09:29 PM

One from Oz - 'Sgt. Small', written by Tex Morton. Will try to post lyrics later.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SERGEANT SMALL
From: quokka
Date: 03 May 08 - 03:54 AM

Sergeant Small
I went broke in western Queensland in Nineteen Thirty One
Nobody would employ me so my swag carrying begun
I came down into Charleville through all the western towns
I was on my way to Roma destination Darling Downs

My pants were getting ragged my boots were getting thin
But when I stopped at Mitchell a goods train shunted in
I heard the whistle blowing and looking out could see
She was on her way to Roma it was quite plain to me

Chorus
I wish I was about twenty stone only seven feet tall
I'd go back to western Queensland and beat up Sergeant Small

Now as I sat and watched her inspiration's seed was sown
I remembered the Government slogan: Here's the railway that you own
By this time the sun was setting and the night was getting nigh
So I gathered my belongings and took her on the fly

When we got into Roma I kept my head down low
I heard a voice say "Any room Mate?" I answered "Plenty Bo"
"Come out of there my noble man" came the voice of Sergeant Small
"I have trapped you very nicely - you've ridden for a fall"

The judge was very kind to me he gave me thirty days
Saying "Maybe this will help to cure your rattler jumping ways"
So if you're down and outback boys I'll tell you what I think
Stay off those Queensland goods trains they're a short cut to the clink
Notes
From Brad Tate's Down and Outback which is also another title for this song. Brad writes "My setting of a poem by Terry Boylan, chorus by Tex Morton. Boylan's verses appeared in the 'Australasian Express' London 1974. Though not connected with Morton's banned Depression song about a NSW policeman, the themes were so familiar I combined them".

Cheers
Quokka


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: eddie1
Date: 03 May 08 - 06:04 AM

A great list of Railroad Songs here;

http://www.soundsofyesteryear.com/rockisland/rockisland.htm


Eddie


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: Max
Date: 03 May 08 - 08:34 AM

I could've been the 4th generation of Railroader in my family. Trains have a very special place in my heart. My father spent 40 years on the rails and still makes a living at it. He's had every single possible job in the railroad industry with the exception of engineer. His father and grandfather shoveled coal for the PRR.

My favorites are:

Freight Train
Linen Track
Rock Island Line
Monkey & The Engineer
Midnight Special


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: skarpi
Date: 03 May 08 - 09:32 AM

mine are just :

TJÚU TJÚUU

:>))

All the best Skarpi Iceland


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,vrdpkr
Date: 03 May 08 - 11:31 AM

I used to entertain on a scenic train. Here are some of my favorites.

Big Rock Candy Mountain by Haywire Mac
Chatanooga Choo Choo
Sound of the Railroad by Eric Darling
Danville Girl
Boomer's Story
The Train Carrying Jimmy Rodgers Home
King of the Road
Morningtown


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: guitarman95
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 03:46 PM

Maybe I missed it but I cannot find mention of Roger Miller's ENGINE ENGINE #9

ENGINE ENGINE # 9

Engine engine number nine,
Comin' down the railroad line.
How much farther back did she get on.
An old brown suitcase that she carried,
I've looked for it everywhere it,
Just ain't here among the rest
And Im a little upset, tell me now
Engine engine number nine
Comin' down the railroad line
I know she got on in Baltimore.
A hundred ten miles ain't much distance
But it's sure to make a difference.
I don't think she loves me anymore

Lots of good ones mentioned. "Thanks all" I love it.


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: kendall
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 04:27 PM

Orphan Train by Utah Phillips. Jacqui sings it on the Tribute to Utah double CD.

Phoebe Snow is my favorite train song.
Wreck of old number 9 Hank Snow
I've got the freight train blues Roy Acuff
Streamlined Cannonball Roy Acuff
Rattling cannonball Wilf Carter
Little box of pine (On the 7:29)
Starlight on the rails...Utah Phillips.


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: kendall
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 04:51 PM

Queen of the rails...Utah Phillips. Dan Schatz did a great job of this one on the memorial CDs.

The Lightening Express.
Going Away Utah Phillips.


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,Max Johnson
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 11:58 AM

Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf. Yeah!


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 12:52 PM

Neat thread. I'm booking and hosting a music series here in Brantford (Ontario) called the "Sunday Roots Revival" at a place called the Station Coffee House & Gallery . It's actually in an active CN/VIA Rail station (used to be the the luggage office, in fact).

As a result, my current duo Jericho is always on the lookout for train songs.

Here's some I didn't notice on the listings thus far:

by Fred Eaglesmith: "Freight Train" (recently recorded by Alan Jackson as the title song for his new CD)
and "I Like Trains" (there's a sound bite of it on our Jericho website)

Rankin Family - Orangedale Whistle, written by Jimmy Rankin

Murray McLauchlan - I Never Did Like That Train

Somebody also mentioned "Hank Snow's Canadian Pacific" - written by Ray Griff, also recorded by George Hamilton IV on an album called "Canadian Pacific" back in the late 60's. (Also on the album was 'Steel Rail Blues' recorded in a room in the old Seaway Hotel (Toronto) with Gordon Lightfoot playing back-up guitar!)


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Subject: RE: Railroad Song Buffs--Check Here Please
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 21 Jun 16 - 10:25 AM

Bill Mason and Maggie, his wife, were probably fictional characters. But Kate Shelley was a real heroine who prevented a train wreck in 1881.

Kate Shelley
Words; Henry Peacock
Tune; The Bonny Labouring Boy

The lightning flashed, the thunder crashed, the rain poured down all night
A noise outside her window woke Kate Shelley with a fright
The swollen stream in Honey Creek had washed the bridge away
And soon the Midnight Special would be heading on its way
        
So Kate picked up a lantern and she stepped into the night
The wind it whistled round her head and then blew out her light
The storm it shook the trestle bridge as Kate crawled slowly o'er
But Kate kept on until she reached the station agent's door

There Kate stood wild and windswept as she tried to catch her breath
Stop the train, she cried, and save the passengers from death!
The agent took her message and along the wire it flew
To Ogden where the train was halted safely by the crew

Kate Shelley was the heroine who saved the midnight train
Her reward from the railroad was a gold watch and a chain
Her story hit the headlines and Kate Shelley she found fame
And trains today still cross a bridge that bears Kate Shelley's name


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