David Foster put up links to Coal Mining songs and Rodeo songs over at Chicago Boyz, so I thought I would have a go at something more central to the Wyman household, train songs. We would sing them in the car frequently, forcing the boys to join in.
There are just too many in American folklore to give you anything comprehensive, but I thought I'd give you a few to sample.
Waiting For a Train by Jimmie Rodgers
Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten. This version is here not for its "authenticity," but for the two-finger picking style.
This Train by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
500 Miles by Roseanne Cash. I had never heard this version until tonight.
Morning Train by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Different version of the gospel song. Good harmonies, good build.
Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. My son used to object when I would sing this to my infant granddaughters. I can't imagine why.
Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips
Hobo's Lullaby Arlo Guthrie
City of New Orleans, by Steve Goodman, who wrote it. Died of leukemia at 36.
Y'know, this might be the best of them all, the farewell to all the other train songs over the years. Had it been written 30 years earlier, it might not be remembered.