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#21 TampAGS

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:47 AM

Watching some of the great videos on you tube and posted here brings to mind the following:

What are your favorite all time train songs???(Limit of 5 please!)


This was the topic of a thread from a few months back:

Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum > Other Rail Transportation > Miscellaneous Rail Discussion > What's your favorite rail music?

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:18 PM

"Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash

Me too - of course!

... I hear the train a coming ...

:lol:

Also

City of New Orleans (Johnny Cash version)
Wabash Cannonball
Orange Blossom Special
Casey Jones
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:26 PM

http://www.jimcroce....lroadsong.shtml - Jim Croce - Railroad Song

Gordon Lightfoot's - Canadian Railroad Trilogy of course

http://www.irontrail.ca/songs.html

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 09:45 PM

"Whizzin' Away Along the Track" from Carmen Jones. Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, and Dorthy Dandridge (and whoever actually sang) heading to Chicago. You have to watch the whole clip to see the train arriving in "Chicago".
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 02:45 AM

OK, here we go after lengthly considerations:

1. Downtown Train -- Tom Waits
2. Driver 8 -- R.E.M.
3. Ghost Train -- Counting Crows
4. Freight Train Blues -- Bawb Dylan
5. Last Train To Clarksville -- The Monkees

And of course every song Johnny Cash recorded on the subject!
I'm loading my iPod right now with every possible 'train'-song I can find for my upcoming trip, so please keep posting your fav's 5!

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:26 AM

Watching some of the great videos on you tube and posted here brings to mind the following:

What are your favorite all time train songs???(Limit of 5 please!)Mine are:

1)Chattanoga Choo-Choo
2)City of New Orleans
3)Midnight Train to Georgia
4)This Train Doesnt Stop Here No More
5)Wabash Cannon Ball
***Honorable Mention: "Rocket from Decatur"(a friend of mine wrote it/hes a traveling folk singer in the West/Mid-West) ;)



Many of my favorites have been listed, but there are so many more!

Homeward Bound- Simon & Garfunkel
Locomotive Breath- Jethro Tull
Long Train Runnin'- Doobie Brothers
People Get Ready- Curtis Mayfield
Southbound Train- Crosby Stills & Nash

****Honorable Mentions**** Locomotion- Little Eva, When the Levee Breaks-Led Zepplin(not a train song, but it sure sounds like a train to me....)

More train songs here!

I forgot Midnight Special-Creedence Clearwater Revival

Edited by sunchaser, 27 August 2009 - 11:18 AM.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:39 AM

OK, here we go after lengthly considerations:

1. Downtown Train -- Tom Waits
2. Driver 8 -- R.E.M.
3. Ghost Train -- Counting Crows
4. Freight Train Blues -- Bawb Dylan
5. Last Train To Clarksville -- The Monkees

And of course every song Johnny Cash recorded on the subject!
I'm loading my iPod right now with every possible 'train'-song I can find for my upcoming trip, so please keep posting your fav's 5!

Ruud

Theres another Dylan song called "It takes a Lot to Laugh/It takes a Train to Cry"!You can even understand the words and thats rare for Bawb Mumbles!
Its on Highway 61 Revisted,would be a good one while rolling down the rails while listening to the I-Pod!

Edited by jimhudson, 27 August 2009 - 10:42 PM.

"There's Something About a Train! It's Magic!"-- 1970s Amtrak Ad
 
".. I ride on a Mail Train Baby, can't buy a thrill.."--I said that!
 
"..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:40 AM

The Beatles' only actual "train song" was One After 909 but there are some other train mentions in their music:

Day Tripper ("one way ticket, yeah")
I've Got A Feeling ("I'd hate to miss the train")
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ("Picture yourself on a train in a station, with plasticine porters with looking glass ties")
Ticket to Ride (probably?)

And of course, the A Hard Day's Night movie has some nice train scenes!

I kind of wish Simon & Garfunkel's America was about a train rather than a Greyhound!

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:41 AM

Y'all have left out the greatest of them all, HANK SNOW. He made one whole album called 'Railroad Man' with nothing but railroad songs. Here is a sample:

The Last Ride
Doggone That Train
I'm Movin On
The Golden Rocket
Way Out There(Also by Sons of the Pioneers)
Casey Jones Was His Name
Southbound
The Streamlined Cannon Ball
Lonesome Whistle
Waiting For A Train
The Wreck of Number Nine
Pan American
Big Wheels
Ghost Trains
The Crazy Engineer
One More Ride
The Wreck of Old 97
Crazy Little Train of Love
The Christmas Cannonball

Hank Snow, 'the singing ranger' was a remarkable person. He was born in Nova Scotia, but soon moved to Nashville. He lived to be 85 years old and died at his Rainbow Ranch home in Madison, Tennessee in 1999. He recorded over 300 songs, had more than 120 albums and sold 70 million records. He had 7 #1 chart hits, 43 top 10 hits, 65 top 40 hits and charted 85 singles. He was married to the same person, Minnie Blanch Alders, for 64 years. And he wore the most outlandish and gaudy suits when he performed. Oddly, most of his recordings can be had from Bear Family Records in Hambergen, Germany. There is a web site also for Hank and they have annual reunions and concerts in Nova Scotia.

A number of his recordings are on Youtube:





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a7eaHIm-TQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhOMLofiF6Q
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:50 AM

Then Tex Ritter recorded this little ditty about the Houston East and West Texas RR.



and one of my favorites - The Wabash Cannonball as sung by Roy Acuff


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Posted 27 August 2009 - 11:32 AM

Long Black Train - Josh Turner



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Posted 27 August 2009 - 06:00 PM

My GOD people, does it take the resident band director to remind you.....


"Take the A Train"

or, the best stripper song of all time....

"Night Train"

TSK TSK TSK
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 06:04 PM

And we listened to this so many times at the club, it's always playing in the back of my head



Notting Hillbillies- The railroad work song
IC's The Panama Limited / AP's The Whooping Crain / IC's The city of New Orleans,/Southerns Crescent / Cumbres and Toltec / Derango & Silverton / Amtrak City of NO / Amtrak Sunset Limited Amtrak Crescent

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 06:31 PM

Well not nearly a favorite, but the one my AU name came from, when I joined I typed Train into iTunes and this was first so it became my AU name.

Long Train Runnin' -- The Doobie Brothers

Casey Jones -- The Grateful Dead

Train Time -- Cream

TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN' -- Led Zeppelin
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:52 PM

1.On the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe (hands down, I am told I played this constantly as a child.Sometimes I can find it in the slot machine at Johnny Rockets, When I do I play it about three times)

2.Orange Blossom Special
3.Chattanooga Choo Choo
4.City of New Orleans
5.Midnght train to Georgia


Guess I had better add a few.
Wreck of old 97'.Mother used to sing that to me. She was amused as I got older and was able to tell her some of the trains and train events she sang to me about were real. She had no idea, she was just singing to be singing.


Wabash Cannonball
Charlie of the MTA
John Henry
Long Black Train (some of which filmed at/on Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:11 AM

LOL at "Petticoat Junction Theme Song". That's why I like logging in to AU, I usually get a good chuckle. (Last Train To Clarksville made me laff too......)

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:33 AM

(Last Train To Clarksville made me laff too......)


I knew it... :)

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 03:41 AM

  1. The City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
  2. Canadian Railway Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
  3. Life's Railway to Heaven - Tennessee Ernie Ford
  4. I've Been Working on the Railroad - Children's Version
  5. The Railroad - Grand Funk Railroad (Live)


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:19 AM

Isn't Charlie on the MTA, and The Wreck of the 97, the same tune, IIRC?
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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:19 AM

The only thing I can add to this resurrected thread is a catchy, well done performance from the late Holly Dunn, but passenger rail supporters should take their blood pressure medicine before listening.....    :)

 

 

https://youtu.be/NxgzJCZbDII


Edited by A Voice, 23 May 2017 - 09:30 AM.





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