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Lyr Req: Southern Railroad Blues (Norman Blake)

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GUEST,Guest 16 Mar 04 - 02:44 PM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 17 Mar 04 - 02:03 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Mar 04 - 06:24 PM
Stewie 17 Mar 04 - 07:20 PM
GUEST,Guest 18 Mar 04 - 11:16 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Southern Railroad Blues by Norman Blake
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 16 Mar 04 - 02:44 PM

Anybody have the lyrics for Southern Railroad Blues by Norman Blake or a link to same. I have searched Google in vain....thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Southern Railroad Blues by Norman Blake
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 17 Mar 04 - 02:03 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Southern Railroad Blues by Norman Blake
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Mar 04 - 06:24 PM

Jeepman made this request in 2002, thread 49492: Southern Railroad Blues
Apparently it is in the Anthology, but no one posted the lyrics.
Not the same as "The Southern Blues" as sung by Big Bill Broonzy.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SOUTHERN RAILROAD BLUES (Norman Blake)
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Mar 04 - 07:20 PM

SOUTHERN RAILROAD BLUES
(Norman Blake)

Well gather 'round boys let me tell you some noise
For a precious few it's true
It's been a long, long wait since '38
And lawdy I'm a-tellin' you
It's a too tight shoe
Got the Southern Railroad blues

Now a-crossin' lines with these modern times
For me it's a-gettin' hard
Wish Ise back in Sulphur Springs
Way down at the section yard
Would do, got the Southern Railroad blues

Gold watch chains, black coal-fired trains
And men in overhauls (sic)
Workin' that track down to hell and back
And a-drinkin' alkeyhol
Old four roses too
Got the Southern Railroad blues

Sittin' in the kitchen, just a-chewin' and a-bitchin'
Good people and a-tellin' lies
Back in '32 when the trestle fell through
And Jimmie Joe Ragland died
Engine 302, got the Southern Railroad blues

Well, times is tough , Lord the tracks they're rough
I go drivin' every day
McDowell boys done bought up the land
Away down on the freeway
They're comin' through
Got the Southern Railroad blues

Source: As printed on the sleeve of Norman Blake 'The Fields of November'. Originally on Flying Fish, but my copy is under licence to Real Records LP R316.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Southern Railroad Blues by Norman Blake
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 18 Mar 04 - 11:16 AM

Thanks, Stewie!

I want to use this song as a model for an original Filk song, tentatively to be titled "The Time Expansion Blues," based on Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War." I ordered the album, but having the lyrics will be a big head start!

Susan Urban


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