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Great musical comment, too. Now, MP, could you play Steve Earle's "Texas Eagle" for Dah-veed? Lots of great train songs, if not so many great trains left.

Okay then, I accept the challenge.
But I will need everybody's help.
Either in the comments below or, preferably, by email, let me know your favourite train songs and any that you think might be interesting for one reason or another. If you email me and give me a good reason for playing your chosen song, or songs, that I can use to make the post interesting, then you stand a far better chance of your song being chosen.

And don't forget who
I am
(clue left).

I will derail anybody who causes me any trouble.


CHOO! CHOO! — 23 Comments

  1. Chattanooga Choo Choo

    Take the “A” Train

    Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
    (Manhattan Transfer does it best!)

    Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe

    “City of New Orleans”

    Midnight Train to Georgia

    Morning Train (9 to 5)

    Some of my favorite train songs.

  2. Mine are all obvious I’m afraid.

    Train Fare Blues (Muddy Waters)
    Downbound train (Springsteen)
    Stop that Train (Marley)
    Last Train to Clarksville (The Monkees)
    Train of Love (The Pogues)
    Train in Vain (The Clash)
    Train (Goldfrapp)
    Blue Train (Coltrane)
    Downtown Train (Tom Waits)
    Downbound Train (Chuck Berry)

    I like ’em though.

  3. City of New Orleans, seconded
    When I was in New Orleans last year I drove along the train line that carried the City of New Orleans, a real train, now an Amtrak superliner, between Chicago and New Orleans. Might account for the strong connection between my seminary, Seabury-Western in the Chicago area, and seminarians from Louisiana.
    Midnight train to Georgia, seconded
    Gladys Knight and the Pips – my oldest brother and I used to do this (I was Gladys, he was the Pips)

  4. Rock Island Line (Leadbelly)
    Rock Island Line (Johnny Cash)
    Casey Jones (Grateful dead)
    Casey Jones (Johnny Cash)
    Chatanooga Choo Choo (Cab Calloway)
    Midnight Special (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    Freight Train (Peter,Paul, and Mary)
    Hear That Whistle Blow a Hundred Miles (Flatt and Scruggs)
    Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight and the Pips)

    I do like train songs.

  5. 900 Miles – Bethany & Rufus
    Last Train – Arlo Guthrie
    Back Up Train – Al Green & The Soul Mates
    Friendship Train – Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Memphis Train – Rufus Thomas
    Take The “A” Train – Ella Fitzgerald
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez
    The New Gospel Train – Marion Williams
    Peace Train – Cat Stevens
    Whistle Stop – Louis Prima
    Morning Train – Peter, Paul & Mary

  6. [I especially love how trains become metaphors for all kinds of things: social movements, freedom, home, death, etc!]

    Love Train – The O’Jays

    Peace Train – Cat Stevens

    Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash (the train interweaves its way through the song)

    Bound for Glory – Woody Guthrie

    When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam’ – Fred Astaire & Judy Garland (from “Easter Parade”)

    Mystery Train – Elvis Presley

    I want to hear most of the songs listed above, too!

  7. Chatanooga Choo Choo (Glen Miller)
    Last Train to Clarksville (Monkees) – yes I know I’m setting myself up on this one, but its catchy!!
    Choo Choo Ch’boogie (The Manhattan Transfer)

  8. Last Train to Clarksville (Monkees) – yes I know I’m setting myself up on this one, but its catchy!!

    Allie, do not be ashamed of your faith! The Monkees were the biz. I have far more records by them than by that English group, The Beatles, who were quite popular at the time. I mean, they didn’t even have their own television series.

  9. I mean, they didn’t even have their own television series.

    They did have a couple of films. (One of which is one of the feeblest excuses for a movie I have ever seen, so it doesn’t really count. The other one’s not so bad surely?)

    I put the Monkees on my own list with a fair amount of trepidation so I am relieved MP has not shot the suggestion down with a big gun.

  10. Yes, Daaaaaaah • veed.

    The 10000 maniacs did a brilliant cover that I have in my collection (although they later removed it from the album it was on in protest against Cat Stevens).

  11. This seems the best place to stop my lurking…

    Destination Anywhere – The Marvelettes

    I know the train reference is minimal, but it’s a classic not to be overlooked.

    A Deacon’s Wife

  12. You do know that Yusuf (he’s dropped the “Islam” from his name) has reformed, and is again playing “Cat Stevens” music? <*>

    <*> He appeared on The Colbert Report . . . and you just can’t get any more NON-Fundy than that! 😉


    [Ellie, I remembered “Sentimental Journey” (probably the Doris Day version) this morning, and was going to add it! ;-p]

    Interesting: how “ex-pat” (homesick) Southerners seem to have such an affinity for trains (back home). “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” “When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'”, “Midnight Train to Georgia” “City of New Orleans” (South-bound odyssey!) . . . I bet “Sentimental Journey” was written by a Southerner, too!

  13. Thanks for the backup, JCF! Yes, I know and like the Doris Day version but I was really thinking of Rosemary Clooney.

    You are so right about Southerners. I can hear a very distant train whistle from the house I now live in and I LOVE it. So soothing (in a melancholy way).

  14. Oh, that was wonderful, JCF.

    I do miss train travel. These days I only get to travel by train when I happen to be across the pond – either in the UK or Ireland.

  15. Of course, “Midnight Choo-Choo” was written (like all the songs in Easter Parade) by that Southerner . . . from Southern Russia, that is: Irving Berlin! *LOL*

    [IMO, that’s why the American (Statesonian) Popular Song was so AWESOME in the first half of the 20th century: you had Jews (plus Cole Porter, Gay Hoosier!) who could extrapolate, assimilate and imitate ANY song style! ;-D]

  16. According to his profile on Wikipedia, he was misquoted out of context and since that day after supposedly having agreed with the fatwa has said that he did not say what he is said to have said.

    I do not know. I would hate to have misjudged him. I really liked his music before, but have avoided him since the fatwa situation.

    I forgot, Dolly Parton covered Peace Train with backup from Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I have it in iTunes. Duh!