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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 04 November 2020 at 9:11am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Hi buddies! Got a request for you. From some reason, I'm in a train mood these days, so how about a list of train songs? Like "City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie, or "Midnight Flyer" by the Eagles, or "Long Thin Silver Line" by Bob Seger.

Any genre is good. What do you have for me?
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 04 November 2020 at 9:37am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Freight Train is a guitar standard, covered by a long list of luminaries. Chet Atkins did a good version. The original by Elizabeth Cotten (complete with lyrics) is also worth checking out.

Night Train is an instrumental by Jimmy Forrest, though it's pretty sedate. There is a more upbeat version by James Brown, to which Sonny Liston once famously trained.

Not explicitly a train song, but Breakthrough by Queen has a bassline that is suggestive of a train -- leading to a video that had a train as its central feature.

It was dismissed as 'dad rock' back in the 90s, but The Day We Caught The Train by Ocean Colour Scene is a pretty good song (and totally apes I Am the Walrus in parts).

Have to mention ELO with their Last Train to London.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 04 November 2020 at 9:39am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Additionally, Trans Europa Express by Kraftwerk is a lengthy train track.



Did you see what I did there?
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 04 November 2020 at 11:31am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Gotta have some oldies but goodies...

Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & the Pips

Mystery Train by either Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats or Elvis

Waiting For A Train by Jimmie Rodgers

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Bryan Eacret
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Posted: 05 November 2020 at 2:52pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I just did a quick search on my computer. There are too many to list. There are many about trains that don't mention train in the title too.

The Last Train to Memphis - The Band
Death Train - The Beat Farmers
Peace Train - Cat Stevens
Last Train to London - ELO
Train in the Distance - Paul Simon
Big Train (From Memphis) - John Fogerty
Love Train - The O'Jays
Railroad Lady - Jerry Jeff Walker or Jimmy Buffet
Railroad Song - Lynyrd Skynyrd
King of the Road - Roger Miller
Freight Train - Alan Jackson
Send My Body - Randy Travis
Wabash Cannonball - Lots of people



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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 05 November 2020 at 4:37pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Wow! Thanks a lot, heroes!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 05 November 2020 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees. With Micky on vocals! (I even played this song myself on stage once...)

Simon & Garfunkel's Homeward Bound sort of fits the bill. Not quite. But he is waiting at a railway station and it has that spirit of the itinerant troubadour in keeping with the likes of Jimmie Rodgers and Leadbelly.

Speaking of Leadbelly, the classic song Midnight Special is actually about a train. Leadbelly seemed to have a lot of train songs. He also had a song called I'm Leaving on The Morning Train and Silver City Bound is another train-based tune, though it's not that explicit from the lyrics.
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Cory Vandernet
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Posted: 05 November 2020 at 9:10pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Train in Vain - The Clash

Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
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Bryan Eacret
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Posted: 05 November 2020 at 11:20pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

People Get Ready - The Impessions. Makes every travel play list I do. 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 06 November 2020 at 6:20am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Railroad Song by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a favorite.

Thereís All Night Train by The Allman Brothers Band.

Canít You See by Marshall Tucker Band also features traveling in a
train.

I always liked Train Train by Blackfoot, as well.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 16 November 2020 at 7:54am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Princess of the Night by Saxon. About the old steam
engines that used to transport the mail, very evocative
lyrics.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 16 November 2020 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Long Train Runnin' - Doobie Bros
Train Train - Billy Bragg
Car Train - The Jazz Jury (Swingers soundtrack)
Stop this Train - John Mayer
Downbound Train - Springsteen
Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
Runaway Train - Collective Soul
This Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore - Elton John
Morning Train - Sheena Easton
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Choo Choo Train - Little Lisa
Trains and Boats and Planes - Dionne Warwick
The Blue Train - Linda Ronstadt
Just Like This Train - Joni Mitchell

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