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Freight Train Blues
by John Lair

"I just remembered down here in the mountains where I come from that a freight train whistle at night is an awfully lonesome sound. In a quiet country where you don't hear many sounds, if you've ever heard a few trains go through these mountain passes, you never forget them. I wrote this song especially for Red Foley. I took Red to Chicago for the first time and introduced him to radio. óJohn Lair

Freight Train Blues

I was born in Dixie in a boomer shack
Just a little shanty by the railroad track
The humming of the drivers was my lullaby
And a freight train whistle taught me how to cry.

I got the freight train blues
Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy
Got them in the bottom of my ramblin' shoes
And when the whistle blows, I gotta go
Oh! Lawdy! Guess I'm never gonna lose the
Freight train blues.

My daddy was a fireman and my mammy dear
Was the only daughter of an engineer
My sweetie is a brakeman and it ain't no joke
It's a shame the way she keeps a good man broke.

Aeroplanes and autos always leave me cold
The moaning of a steamboat never stirs my soul
The only thing that makes me want to navigate
Is a wildcat whistle on a southbound freight.

I know I'm old enough to quit this running 'round
I've tried a hundred times to stop and settle down
But every time I find a place I'd like to stay
I hear a freight train holler, and I'm on my way.

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