Freight Train Blues
Words & Music:
John Lair (1935)
I was born in Dixie in a boomer's shack,
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Just a little old shanty by a railroad track.
The hummin' of the drivers was my lullaby,
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And a freight train whistle taught me how to cry.
I've got the freight train blues, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy!
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Got 'em in the bottom of my ramblin' shoes.
And when that whistle blows, I've gotta go.
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Oh, Lordy! Guess I'm never gonna lose
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The mean, old freight train blues.
Now, my Pappy was a fireman and my Mammy dear,
Was the only daughter of an engineer.
My sister married a brakeman and it ain't no joke.
Now, it's a shame the way she keeps a good man broke.