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Lyr Req: Fast Freight (Terry Gilkyson)

BSEEDKRATZ-aol.com 11 Oct 98 - 11:55 PM
Roger Himler 12 Oct 98 - 12:04 AM
BSeed 12 Oct 98 - 01:25 AM
Zorro 12 Oct 98 - 07:51 AM
Roger Himler 12 Oct 98 - 08:25 PM
Big Mick 12 Oct 98 - 09:53 PM
Zorro 12 Oct 98 - 10:01 PM
Roger Himler 12 Oct 98 - 10:02 PM
Big Mick 12 Oct 98 - 10:08 PM
BSeed 13 Oct 98 - 03:02 AM
Roger Himler 13 Oct 98 - 06:09 AM
GUEST,g2ler 07 Oct 08 - 01:07 AM
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Subject: what is this song?
From: BSEEDKRATZ-aol.com
Date: 11 Oct 98 - 11:55 PM

This song has been bouncing around in my head all day--all I can remember is

"clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
the wheels all sing to the railroad track,
that if you go you can't come back,
if you go you can't come back,
if you go-o-o-o, you can't come back."

I did a bracketed search on the digitrad with both "clickety-clack, clickety-clack" and "if you go, you can't come back" with no results. Anyone help me out on this? (I think this song came up in the threads a couple of weeks back--but it just hit me today). --seed


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Subject: RE:
From: Roger Himler
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 12:04 AM

Bseed,

Another Kingston Trio song (you must be so old Seed).

As I listen for the whistle,
Lie awake and wait,
Wish the railroad didn't run so near.
For the rattle and the clatter,
Of that old fast freight,
Keeps on playing music in my ear.

'Tis the only verse I can recall.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE:
From: BSeed
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 01:25 AM

Yeah, I am, Roger, but you don't have to rub it in. --seed


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAST FREIGHT (Terry Gilkyson)^^
From: Zorro
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 07:51 AM

Ah yes, My great grandmother use to sing this song to me. This if from memory (mine, not hers) but it's close to the real thing.

FAST FREIGHT

Every night I listen, wonder if it's late,
Wish the railroad didn't run so near,
For the rattle and the clack of that old Fast Freight,
Keeps a-makin' music in my ears.

Chorus:
Go bum again, go bum again.
......... Clickity clack, clickity clack,
The wheels are singing to the rail road track,
If you go you can't come back,
If you go you can't come back,
If you go, you can't....come....back.

I wouldn't give a nickel for the bum I use to be,
'Work as hard as any man in town.
I've got a pretty girl, she thinks the world of me,
A man would be a fool to let her down.

Every night I listen, wonder if it's late.
In my dreams I'm ridin' on that train.
And the rattle and the clack of that old fast freight,
Says "Thank the Lord I'm just a bum again."


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Subject: RE:
From: Roger Himler
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 08:25 PM

Zorro,

I just spent 20 minutes transposing the verses from a Kingston Trio recording. How dare you beat me to the thread! Pretty soon, you'll be like Joe Offer and have women chasing you on the 'Cat

The song was recorded by the Calypsonians on February 10, 1957. They eventually evolved into the Kingston Trio They learned the song from a group called the Easy Riders. It was written by Terry Gilkyson. It appeared on the Kingston Trio's first album appropriately called "The Kingston Trio on Capital T/DT 996 released on June 2, 1958.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE:
From: Big Mick
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 09:53 PM

Bejazus, Seed, but we are some old ones aren't we. I remember the Kingston Trio singing this. Zorro's great grandmother??????? Zorro, does your mother know that you hang around places like this? ****grin****

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Fast Freight
From: Zorro
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 10:01 PM

Sorry Roger in Baltimore. Mudcatters have given me so many lyrics that when I have an opportunity to repay I jump at it. I didn't know about the Trio's history. Very interesting.


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Subject: RE:
From: Roger Himler
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 10:02 PM

Big Mick,

If you think you're old, you should go see the Kingston Trio now. Nick's had some hip surgery and takes a while to get from the stage wings to the microphone. Bob Shane seems to recall some of the chords. They have a "young guy" with them to provide some real musical accompaniment.

I was sorely disappointed. Their contemporaries, P, P, & M seem to be holding up better.

Oh, yes, and I'm that old, too.

Roger in Baltimore


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From: Big Mick
Date: 12 Oct 98 - 10:08 PM

Old they may be, but God be good to 'em for all they did for "folk" music. And PP&M just seem to keep going, Thank God.

Mick


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Subject: RE:
From: BSeed
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 03:02 AM

Thanks, Zorro (and thanks for the effort, Roger). --seed

BTW--isn't it clatter (clack doesn't scan). BS


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Subject: RE:
From: Roger Himler
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 06:09 AM

Seed,

I believe you are right: "the rattle and the clack" should be "the rattle and the clatter". At least in the Calypsonian's version.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fast Freight
From: GUEST,g2ler
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 01:07 AM

http://home.hetnet.nl/~adriemeijer/timhardin/fast%20freight.html


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