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Author Topic: Railroad Songs  (Read 4203 times)
Woody Elmore

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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2009, 07:55:38 PM »

How about Roy Acuff singing "Wabash Cannonball?" I have it on CD but haven't played it lately.
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SteamGene

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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2009, 11:16:51 PM »

Arlo Guthrie singing "The City of New Orleans."  Anybody singing "The Big Rock Candy Mountain."  There's one kid's site which has it and all kinds of dire warnings about "lake of gin" and "cigarette trees."  "Blue Water Line." 
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Steve Magee

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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2009, 12:48:28 AM »

One song not listed yet, suprising considering who sings it, is Neil Young's "Southern Pacific". For those who don't know, Neil Young (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Crazy Horse) is as well known model and real railroad fan. At one stage he bailed Lionel out of a hole becoming a part-owner, and took a semi with a layout in it to his gigs.

Oddly enough, cant think of a specific train song from Rod Stewart. Smiley

Steve Magee
Who, even more oddly, is a classical music lover - but finds good in all sorts of music
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WGL
Great Northern


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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2009, 03:27:31 AM »

 Here's another, "Fireball Mail," sung by Acuff:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQafTXPQ_Sg
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2009, 03:05:17 PM »

Does "The Locomotion" by Little Eva count?
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Steve Magee

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« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2009, 01:30:16 AM »

Not so much a song, but Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs "Orange Blossom Special". Cannot count "Locomotion", even if Kylie Minogue sings it. :-)

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« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2009, 02:10:20 AM »

 Although one reason why I especially like "Wreck of the Old 97" is the use of railroad terms, I'm not sure what "a line on a three-mile grade" means.  I guess "You can see what a jump he made." means how far the locomotive jumped off the track.
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BIG BEAR

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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2009, 03:04:05 AM »

   My favorite version of the "Orange Blossom Special" was done by Boxcar Willie. Man could he wail out some whistle sounds.
       Enjoy,
         Barry
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Yampa Bob

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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2009, 03:27:41 AM »

Yeah, Boxcar Willie is great.

I don't have any videos to contribute, so I'll search for CDs. You can play short samples here.

http://www.hbdirect.com/album_detail.php?pid=731497

Roy Acuff is my favorite, he made his debut on the Opry with Wabash Cannonball.
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bachwolf

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« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2009, 09:03:36 AM »

Can't believe no-one's mentioned On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe! http://www.56.com/u33/v_MjM3MTc5NTg.html
Sure, the song may be as gay as an Easter warbonnet but what showtune ain't? No reason to leave it out.
Although I draw the line at Starlight Express.
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