In a lonely shack by a railroad track
He spent his younger days
And I guess the sound of the outward bound
Made him a slave to his wandrin' ways
Add to this the fact that one of my favorite names for a girl comes from a song with a train in the lyrics, "And you see Laura on a train that is passing through. She gave your very first kiss to you, but she's only a dream".
Now this quite naturally made me think about train songs: Trains or tracks in the title, Name of a particular train, and events happening on a train. So I got out a paper and pen and by the time I got to the 50th song off the top of my head, it occurred to me (I can be a little slow at times) that song writers and singers from every imaginable genre like to write or sing about trains and you can make the instruments do such nice whiney sounds for the train whistle heard from the tracks when the train goes by.
The next trip was to my buddy Google. Is there a list of train songs? Of course there is ... three lonnnnnnnnnnnng pages of lists of train songs. One of the best is a blog done by a lady for her husband who loves trains: The Train Song Collection. Feel free to browse. You will be surprised at how many you not only recognize, but know well enough to sing a few bars.
This brings up the question. What is your favorite train song(s)?
Now on to You Tube for today's entertainment: Several sound tracks making up a concert of a few good train songs:
City of New Orleans - The Highway Men
Wabash Cannonball - Boxcar Willie
Take the A Train - Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald
Last Train To Clarksville - The Monkees
Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe - Judy Garland
Sentimental Journey - Les Brown & Doris Day
Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller Orchestra - Dorothy Dandridge singing and The Nicholas Brothers Dancing
And last but not least: 500 Miles - Peter, Paul and Mary