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Lyr Req: Slow Train through Georgia (Norman Blake)

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GUEST,Adri 28 Dec 01 - 05:42 PM
bigchuck 28 Dec 01 - 06:57 PM
Stewie 28 Dec 01 - 08:21 PM
GUEST,Adri 29 Dec 01 - 03:46 PM
GUEST,philmanuel 19 Aug 11 - 01:31 AM
GUEST,leeneia 19 Aug 11 - 02:36 PM
PHJim 19 Aug 11 - 08:01 PM
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Subject: Slow train through Georgia - lyrics
From: GUEST,Adri
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 05:42 PM

Hi, \can anybody help me with the lyrics of the song "Slow train through Georgia" by Norman Blake?

Adri


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Subject: Lyr Add: SLOW TRAIN THROUGH GEORGIA
From: bigchuck
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 06:57 PM

Out across that county bridge that old gondola rolls
Hauling down to Birmingham that dirty half slag coal
I should let it take me come sunshine rain or drought
Just like the cirlce says, The Southern serves the south

Hardships and trouble, you know that I've got some
I'm getting older every day, I'm a fair weather bum
Come all you good people now, It's just about time
To catch a slow train through Georgia and ease my troubled mind

Thirty miles an hour, she's just rolling down the line
Rusty rails and red clay trails through the long leaf pines
Any place there's sunshine, that's where I want to be
And its sunshine southern special won't you roll me to the sea

Chorus

I'll live my life out day by day, somewhere down the track
Come on gal my old pal, you know we won't look back
I'll take down this old guitar, I'll play her every day
And let that slow train though Georgia roll my blues away.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SLOW TRAIN THROUGH GEORGIA (Norman Blake)
From: Stewie
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 08:21 PM

I was surprised not to be able to find the lyrics on the web. Bigchuck posted while I was transcribing it. There are enough minor textual variations from Bigchuck's version in the recording I was working from that I reckon it is worth posting as well:

SLOW TRAIN THROUGH GEORGIA
(Norman Blake)

Down by the county bridge the gondola roll
Hauling down to Birmingham the dirty half-slag coal
I should let 'em move me on, come sunshine, rain or drought
'Cos just like the circle says, 'Southern Serves the South'

Chorus:
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 my 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

Chorus

Lord, I wish I'se livin' day by day some place 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 every day
And let the slow train through Georgia roll my blues away

Chorus

Words and music by Norman Blake. Copyright Happy Valley Music BMI.
Source: transcribed from Norman Blake 'Slow Train Through Georgia' Rounder CD 11526.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Slow train through Georgia - lyrics
From: GUEST,Adri
Date: 29 Dec 01 - 03:46 PM

Hey, thanks a lot, I couldn't find the lyrics anywhere on Internet and thanks to you I can now sing the song!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Slow Train through Georgia (Norman Blake)
From: GUEST,philmanuel
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 01:31 AM

Stewie,

Good job, I've been playing this tune without lyrics, too. Big thanks to both of you.

It's another one of those great songs to play and sing. Folks respond to it well, always seems to generate toe tapping, and smiles.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Slow Train through Georgia (Norman Blake)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 02:36 PM

You can hear it here:

norman singing it

Phil, I see what you mean about 'toe tapping.' It's a good tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Slow Train through Georgia (Norman Blake)
From: PHJim
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 08:01 PM

I'm sure that Norman probably has as much variation in any two versions as the two posted above.

Non-rail fans might be interested in knowing that the Southern RR Co. had a circular logo on the sides of their rolling stock with the motto, "Southern Serves The South."
I believe the "Old 97" was on the Southern RR Line.


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