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Classic Train Songs
This page contains a sort of library of songs that I think every railfan should know and that almost every railfan already enjoys. I started out just publishing links to Amazon clips to some of my favorite versions of several songs, with the idea of coming back later and adding more songs. But the ancient folk-singer and amateur historian in me insisted I tell the story of each song as well, and provide the sheet music if it's available (and not under copyright). So instead of adding more songs, I started telling the story of the songs I've already listed, dedicating a page to each song. A few songs don't have their own pages yet, and there are many more songs to add. But I think providing the history of the song (and in many cases, the history behind the song) will make this feature more useful to people in the long run.
For now I'm leaving a few of my favorite song clips on this page for easy access. But if you want to hear more clips, read the lyrics, learn the history, and (in some cases) see You-tube videos of famous folks performing the songs, click on the link to take you to each page.
If you have a favorite train song, or a favorite performer that you'd like to see added next, please contact me and I'll try to track them down. Also, if you don't see the link for a particular song, hit refresh - it seems like Amazon can never populate all of the links at the same time.
Update for 2015 - We are still finding links to songs we like changed to songs we hate, because of product IDs changing on Amazon. Worse yet, the Flash software Amazon used to display their little players no longer works the way it is supposed to on some browsers. We may have to replace them all eventually.
In most cases, the link has just moved and if you search on Amazon you can still find it.
In the meantime, we have several "new" old songs in the works and plans to post more resources for most of the songs we have posted so far.
Newsletter Signup - If you're a fan of Traditional, Folk, or Americana music in general, you might consider signing up for our new "Mama Don't 'Low" newsletter, which reports on developments in our music sites, including this one. When we first started we were hoping to publish one or two a year, but our music sites are growing so fast that we have been publishing every few months, and could certainly publish more often if we had the time.
Train Song Questions and Answers - We are getting some great reader questions about train songs. While we try to get back to the reader by e-mail as soon as we have an answer, or sort of an answer, we also know that - statistically - for every person who asks a question, there are about twelve people with the same question who haven't answered it. So we want to make those questions and answers (without identifying information) available for our general audience. We are currently publishing them on the train song part of our Creek Don't Rise™ discussion forum.
For a more sound clips, lyrics, history, and links to popular YouTube performances, please click here.
Because this song is still under copyright, I can't legally post the whole song or the sheet music for it. However, you can sample the song and or download the whole song from Amazon.here
Technically this song is about a hobo, not about trains, but I kept tripping over it when I was writing up Roger Miller's "Engine, Engine Number Nine" (above). This was one of Miller's best-loved songs and it is certainly the song that was most often covered well by other artists.
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