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Lyr Req: Ghost Train

GUEST,carol 11 Feb 04 - 02:27 PM
Joe Offer 11 Feb 04 - 02:46 PM
Eugene Judge 11 Feb 04 - 03:06 PM
GUEST,carol 11 Feb 04 - 03:24 PM
Joe Offer 11 Feb 04 - 03:29 PM
GUEST,carol 11 Feb 04 - 04:01 PM
Eugene Judge 11 Feb 04 - 04:18 PM
GUEST,Gene 11 Feb 04 - 06:07 PM
GUEST,carol 11 Feb 04 - 06:12 PM
Joe Offer 11 Feb 04 - 06:57 PM
GUEST,ClaireBear 11 Feb 04 - 07:06 PM
Eugene Judge 11 Feb 04 - 07:42 PM
GUEST,ClaireBear 11 Feb 04 - 07:43 PM
GUEST,Gene 11 Feb 04 - 08:45 PM
GUEST,Alex 10 Sep 05 - 11:02 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 10 Sep 05 - 11:32 PM
GUEST,hehn 03 Sep 13 - 09:40 PM
GUEST,Me 10 Oct 15 - 06:19 PM
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Subject: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,carol
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 02:27 PM

On a Rural Rhythm reissue, train songs, there is a song called "Ghost train." Chorus is "Its a ghost train, its a ghost train, the roundhouse by the Pearly Gate, Many souls have got their ticket, On a train that's never late." On the 2cnd verse, there is a list of the crew, Casey Jones, the engineer, etc. I can't understand who is the fireman on the first line of that verse. Help?


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 02:46 PM

I see that Hank Snow had a song called "Ghost Trains" on his Railroad Man LP. I wonder if that's the same song. It's the only mention of "Ghost Train" that I found in Norm Cohen's Long Steel Rail songbook. Looks like Marty Robbins also recorded a song called "Ghost Train" Marcy McCaslin has a "Ghost Train" on her Broken Promises album - she does mostly recent songwriter stuff, but some trad & older things. Rickie Lee Jones has one, too, on Flying Cowboys. There's a song by that name by a group called Gorillaz but somehow I don't think I'd be interrested in that one...
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: Eugene Judge
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 03:06 PM

I've found the versions by Hank Snow, Marty Robbins and about a dozen others including the Bee Gees and Elvis Costello! All different versions no comparative words to the one requested.

Eugene


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,carol
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 03:24 PM

The group that sang it on the album is Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with the Stoney Mountain Boys.
It sounds like "vindu bury" is the fireman
Casey Jones the engineer.
Jimmy Rogers is the Brakeman
On the cannonball of fear.

I would think there are not that many names that would fit here. Obviously a legendery fireman, but I can't think of who.


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 03:29 PM

Eugene, if you could post the Hank Snow and Marty Robbins lyrics, that would be wonderful - even if they weren't the ones originally requested.
Carol, if you can post everything you have so far, it will be a good start. Somebody here is bound to have that recording.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: GHOST TRAIN (bluegrass)
From: GUEST,carol
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 04:01 PM

GHOST TRAIN

It's a ghost train, It's a ghost train
Hear that awful mournful cry
Hear her rumble in the distance
As she thunders through the sky.

It's a ghost train It's a ghost train
The roundhouse by the Pearly Gate
Many souls have got their ticket
On a train that's never late

"vindu bury" is the fireman
Casey Jones, the engineer
Jimmy Rogers is the brakeman
On the cannonball of fear.

It is a fairly simple arrangement,(bluegrass) but it has minor chords every other line which gives it a haunting air.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GHOST TRAIN (1.Marty Robbins 2.Hank Snow)
From: Eugene Judge
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 04:18 PM

Joe

Lyrics as requested.

Eugene


GHOST TRAIN
Marty Robbins

Way out west an Arizona cowboy tends the herd
The dessert lies beneath a sky of blue
Far away, in brightest day, a ghostly sound is heard
The phantom of the rail comes into view

Hear that lonesome whistle callin'
On his lonely ear is fallin'
Loud and clear, just hear that lonesome wail
But it's just the ghost, the phantom of the rail

Little did he know the train was wrecked in '84
After it had crossed the Great Divide
Every year it tries again to make it just once more
If only to the California Line

Hear that lonesome whistle callin'
On the barren dessert fallin'
Loud and clear, just hear that lonesome wail
But it's just the ghost, the phantom of the rail

Clickity-clack along the track, it's boiler showin' red
As on it comes along the rusty rails
People that are ridin' in the cars have long been dead
Lost in time along the Phantom Trail

Hear that lonesome whistle callin'
On the barren dessert fallin'
Is it real to feel the very ground beneath him shake
As on it comes, the only run it ever makes

Cross here comes the phantom, as his eyes in wonder gaze
His pony shys and heads in for the brush
And as it comes upon him terror grips his heart, amazed
Leapin' to avoid it's onward rush

Hear that lonesome whistle callin'
On the barren dessert fallin'
Thought he saw the engineer, thought he heard him once more wail
As on he went, forever bent, on stayin' on the ghost train rail



GHOST TRAIN
Hank Snow

It was early in the fall and a-blowin' up a squall
From the trestle you could hear the weirdest moans
With a mighty lonesome cry came a whistle from the sky
And it chilled the very marrow in my bones
Then a loud, rushing roar, like you never heard before
Turned the blood to icy water in my veins
As I watched with rising fear, something strange was drawing near
And I saw in the clouds ghost trains

Ghost trains, ghost trains, what a fearful sight
The Cannonball and Number Nine were racing thru the night
Just as they passed me by, I heard the engineer cry
Give her coal, give her coal, shovel it on
You could see the fireman grinnin', in the engine that was winnin'
But I knew before the finish they'd be gone
But he knew before the finish they'd be gone

You could see the driver's roll as they shoveled on the coal
And the black smoke came pouring from the stacks
As they thundered thru the sky, I am here to testify
You could hear the wheels a-clickin' on the tracks
Thru the smoke and the steam, you could see the headlights gleam
Now I have no proof, but still the fact remains
You may doubt it, but I swear, there were cinders in my hair
When I saw in the clouds ghost trains

Ghost trains, ghost trains, what a fearful sight
The Cannonball and Number Nine were racing thru the night
Just as they passed me by, I heard the engineer cry
Give her coal, give her coal, shovel it on
You could see the fireman grinnin', in the engine that was winnin'
As I watched I saw them fade into the dawn
As he watched he saw them fade into the dawn


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 06:07 PM

The missing name is - BEN DEWBERRY
Another oldie and also recorded by Hank Snow


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,carol
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 06:12 PM

Whee! Thanks. Guess the phonetic version wasn't too far off!


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 06:57 PM

What title did Hank Snow call it by, Gene? Thanks for the lyrics, Eugene. We got three good songs for the price of one.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: BEN DEWBERRY'S FINAL RUN (from Hank Snow)
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 07:06 PM

And here are the BEN DEWBERRY lyrics, just to round out the picture (cribbed fromthis site):

BEN DEWBERRY'S FINAL RUN

Recorded by Hank Snow
Words and music by Andrew Jenkins

Ben Dewberry was a brave engineer
He told his fireman don't you ever fear
All I want is the water and coal
Put your head out the window, watch the drivers roll
Watch the drivers roll - watch the drivers roll
Put your head out the window; watch the drivers roll.

Ben Dewberry said before he died
Two more roads that he wanted to ride
His fireman asked him what could they be
Said the old Northeastern and the A and B
The A and B - he said the A and B
It's the old Northeastern and the A and B.

On the fatal morning it began to rain
Around the curve come a passenger train
Ben Dewberry was the engineer
With the throttle wide open and without any fear
He didn't have no fear - he didn't have no fear
He had her runnin' wide open without any fear.

Ben looked at his watch - shook his head
We may make Atlanta but we'll all be dead
The train was flyin' by the troublin' switch
Without any warning then she took the ditch
Yea! she went in the ditch - well, she took the ditch
Without any warning - then she took the ditch.

The big locomotive leaped from the rail
Ben never lived to tell that awful tale
His life was ended and his work was done
When Ben Dewberry made his final run
He made his final run - he made his final run
When Ben Dewberry made his final run.


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: Eugene Judge
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 07:42 PM

Looking at the site posted by ClaireBear the Hank Snow lyrics are title GHOST TRAINS (plural) written by Famous Lashua. I have not compared the two versions.

Eugene


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 07:43 PM

...which I should've looked for in the forum archives first, of course...


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 08:45 PM

FWIW Dept.

lyrics to Jimmie Rodgers' Ben Dewberry's Final Run
has been in DT archives since 1998

http://www.mudcat.org/Detail.CFM?messages__Message_ID=47413


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,Alex
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 11:02 PM

Ben Dewberry is the fireman, Casey Jones the engineer, Jimmie Rodgers is the brakeman, on this cannonball of fear.
The third verse I have trouble with. Hobo...contently smiling...on the rods are other hoboes, brothers on this earthly road.


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Subject: RE: Ghost Train-lyrics
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 11:32 PM

There is a Hash version - written by JOCK of the Okinawa H3, circa 1965

I will ask - perhaps they be posted

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ghost Train
From: GUEST,hehn
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 09:40 PM

Does anyone have the chords to the version of Ghost Train by Hank Snow?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ghost Train
From: GUEST,Me
Date: 10 Oct 15 - 06:19 PM

Could be Ben or Den dewberry


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GHOST TRAIN (from Wilma Lee & ...)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Oct 15 - 06:57 PM

THE GHOST TRAIN
As recorded by Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, 1950.

1. Hear that whistle; hear that whistle.
Hear that lonesome mournful cry.
Hear her rumble in the distance
As she thunders through the sky.

CHORUS: Oh, it's the ghost train; it's the ghost train,
Roundhouse at the pearly gate.
Many souls have got their ticket
On the train that's never late.

2. Ben Dewberry is the fireman,
Casey Jones the engineer.
Jimmie Rodgers is the brakeman
On this cannonball of fear.

3. Hobo Bill is content to smiling,[*]
Makes the rails his own abode.
On the rods are other hobos,
Brothers of this earthly road.


[* or possibly "content a-smiling." Maybe she means "contentedly smiling" but she doesn't pronounce that many syllables.]


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