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Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'

Crazy Eddie 22 Oct 01 - 09:35 AM
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Subject: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 09:35 AM

Some years ago, I bought a boxed set of three CDs titled "The Country Box", containing various original recordings by different individuals, from a discount bin.
While listening to it lately, I was struck by a song titled "Waiting For A Train". It is a hobo song, sung by Jim Reeves. It is only two verses, and the last lines are:

My pocket-book is empty,
My heart is full of pain.
I'm a thousand miles away from home,
Waitin' for a train.

Does anyone know of other versions of the song?
Although Jim Reeves' voice is one of my all time favourites, I really don't think he does this song justice. There is very little emotion, and I feel that it could be much more gutsy & bluesy.
This version also seems very short, maybe there is a third verse somewhere?
Any information much appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:21 AM

It is a Jimmie Rodgers song. Roger in Baltimore posted the lyrics and chords to the forum:

Click

Norm Cohen discusses the 'Waiting for a train'/'Wild and reckless hobo' song complex in his 'Long Steel Rail' [pp 355-370 in the recent new edition]. Evidently, Professor D.K. Wilgus is working on a full-scale study. Cohen lists various recordings over 5-pages of double columns!

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:26 AM

Shit! That should read 'Jimmie' of course - I must be cracking up. I saw it just as I hit the 'submit' button.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:29 AM

Even Homer nods...!
RtS (loved "The Long Steel Rail", BTW)


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:50 AM

And Gene Autry did a version click here


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 11:05 AM

There's a short film The Singing Brakeman starring Jimmie Rogers, produced by Columbia in 1929. Of course, Jimmie sings "Waiting for a Train" in it. The video/DVD is available (Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Yazoo 512).

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: JenEllen
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 11:56 AM

Wylie and the Wild West do a great version as well, I think it's on their album "Total Yodel"..worth checking out.
~J


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 12:33 PM

Eric Andersen does a great version of this song. I'll see if I can find which lp I have it on.


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Fortunato
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 12:54 PM

Jim Reeves recorded this on an LP called The Country Side of Jim Reeves. The picture on the front is of Jim in a cowboy shirt with fringe; that was the only time to my knowledge he didn't appear in a sport coat and slacks.


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 05:09 PM

I had always understood that, although he had become a star with earlier Blue Yodels, Waiting for a Train was the first country mega-hit. Anybody know the rough sales figures? Did the Jimmie Rodgers version sell over a million?

It is interesting that Waiting for a Train was the most famous of a whole genre of Depression-era songs that lionized the hobo, a bum, really. Since then, the most popular music has mostly worshipped youth, money, and success.


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:23 PM

The best re-recording of this song is done by Merle Haggard in his "Same Train - Different Time" album. The best singer of this song is myself - my dad loved it as he "rode the rods" back in the 20s. I recorded it on my album "Frios Caballeros" with my two buddies Charlie Cairns and Terry Crisp.

Now that the BS is over - I did record this on the above album, I do love to sing it, and Merle did do the best record of it that I've ever heard. The title of the song is "All Around the Water Tower."

I was Mr. Haggard's bodyguard for one of his concerts and got to stand in front of the stage and listen to him do this song.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: GUEST,Fortunato behind the wall
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:31 PM

Norton1, I think you mean All around the Water Tank?


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:43 PM

You are correct Fortunato - Tank - Steve


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 12:42 AM

Thanks for the information everyone.
Now all I've got to do is figure out which version(s) to buy!


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 09:53 AM

The Eric Andersen version is on "Woodstock Mountains--Music from Mud Acres" a collaboration lp with various artists from the Woodstock NY area.


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 07:40 PM

Hey guys--

In addition to the Gene Autry version and the lyrics posted by Roger in Baltimore, a Forum search also reveals this thread with a discussion and lyrics of "Waiting for a Train": click.

And a terrific bunch of train songs on this thread: Train Songs.

Good stuff from all the 'Catters, as usual.

Lin


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 24 Oct 01 - 05:12 AM

In the mid '80s, an outfir called Flash & the Pan had a hit in the UK with "Waiting for a Train", but it wasn't this lyric. Good tune, though, and evocative lyric.

Skipjack


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Subject: RE: Song Info: 'Waiting For A Train'
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 14 Jan 02 - 06:51 AM

Once again thanks to everyone who helped. I am now the proud owner of a Jimmie Rodgers CD. The recording quality of this song is not great, (it speeds up & slows down as though recorded from a stretched tape), but the emotion certainly comes through. The recording quality of some of the other tracks is much better, and on the whole it is a great CD for its own sake, as well as giving me a feel for some earlier country/blues type music.

Guess I'll now have to get a Merle Haggard CD and compare THAT version.

"....Blasted Mudcat....costing me MORE money on CD's...." [Exit, stage left muttering grumpliy ( or possibly gruttering mumpily, how shouild I know....]


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