I wasn't sure where to place this thread, but eventually chose to place it here, as, in my book, this counts as railway discussion.
Anyway, what are your favourite Railway songs. Here's mine:
'The Runaway Train' by Vernon Dalhart. 'Casey Jones' sung by Johnny Cash. 'Wreck of the Ol' 97' the two versions sung by Vernon Dalhart and the Seekers. 'Wabash Cannonball' by the Carter Family. 'I'm Movin' On,' by Hank Snow. 'Waitin' For a Train,' by Ernest Tubb. 'Dixie Cannonball.'
Post by Chris The Xelent on Nov 22, 2007 17:26:36 GMT
The original 'Ballad of Casey Jones' has allways been a joy for me to listen to. But my favorite railway song at the moment is 'A Man and a Train' by Marty Robbins. It can be heard in the open sequence of the 1973 Ernest Borgnine & Lee Marvin film 'Emporer Of The North'.
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Amazed (he says with no sarcasm at all ) that nobody has yet voted for '9to5/Morning Train' by Sheena Easton. Any song with a video filmed while standing on the front of a moving locomotive on the Bluebell Railway surely should be mentioned?! (For those interested, it's on YouTube. But I warn you; it's REALLY bad!)
On the subject of railway videos, didn't Queen do one? Breakthru, if my memory serves me well... that's most likely on YouTube an'all!
Post by Dockside Salty on Nov 23, 2007 19:12:23 GMT
There it is; great song, definitely one of my favourite songs in general. (Though i'm not sure that it could be considered a railway song since the train is only a part of the video). It was filmed on the Nene Valley railway with, interestingly, a locomotive from the Didcot Railway Centre. (3822, for anyone who's been there)
I also saw the video for '9 to 5/Morning Train' a while back; good video but not so sure about that song....
Post by Oliver Cromwell on Nov 23, 2007 20:16:34 GMT
This is the Night Mail crossing the border, Bringing the cheque and the postal order, Letters for the rich, letters for the poor, The shop at the corner and the girl next door. Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb: The gradient's against her, but she's on time. Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder Shovelling white steam over her shoulder, Snorting noisily as she passes Silent miles of wind-bent grasses.
From 'The Night Mail', by W H Auden, one the greatest railway ballads/poems I have ever heard.
Some intelligent or very witty text should go here...
Trucks a-waiting in the yard, Tackling them with ease-el, "Show the world what I can do," Gaily boasts the Diesel, In and out he creeps about, Like a big black weasel, When he pulls the wrong trucks out, "POP!" Goes the Diesel!!!
Post by FlyingScotsman on Aug 10, 2009 22:23:38 GMT
That's a favourite of mine, too - I couldn't resist referencing it in the old blog yesterday when writing about Beeching. It really captures that sense of what we lost when those lines were closed (at least St Erth to St Ives was spared).
Another fave that's not been mentioned here is the Rock Island Line, originally by Leadbelly but famously covered by Lonnie Donegan. See here...
Gotta be "City of New Orleans" - I remember it from a Shining Time Station episode when I was a kid - the Jukebox Band started playing it, and it ran over the credits instead of the theme tune.
There's another that Shining Time introduced me to, "Railroad Cars Are Comin'". I can never find a recording, but I remember the verse:
"The Great Pacific Railway / From California hail / Bring on the locomotive / Lay down the iron rail Across the rolling prairie / By steam we're bound to go / The railroad cars are comin', hummin' / Through New Mexico."
I've been thinking for a bit, and there was this one other railway ballad that I liked when I was younger: To Work Upon the Railway (or Paddy Works On the Railway). I first heard it in, of all places, "Shining Time Station."
Liverpool, I left you Said goodbye to Madryn Street I always followed my heart And I never missed a beat
Destiny was calling, I just couldn't stick around Liverpool, I left you, But I never let you down.
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