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Classic Train SongsHi, I'm Paul Race, a folksinger and train-lover from my youth, and I operate several large web sites about folk music and trains (see the matrix at the bottom of this page). But this is the only one where those interests really collide.
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 2017 - Amazon keeps breaking links to the recordings we are featuring on these pages. And quite a few Youtube videos we once featured have been blocked by the record companies. In most cases, the link has just moved or it has been reintroduced under a slightly different naame. If you search on Amazon or YouTube you can still find it.
In the meantime, we have several "new" old songs in the works. So check back.City of New Orleans page. To learn more about the song, see the lyrics, and hear many more clips, please click here.
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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Miscellaneous Songs and Performances I Like
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