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SGT. QUINCANNON, SASS #32999

NEED A PLAYLIST OF RAILROAD SONGS FOR A SPECIAL NIGHT

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Hello to All,

I will soon be repeating my yearly task of being MC for my museum's annual volunteer appreciation banquet, and as we are a railroad museum, and this year is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, we will be having an historical theme for the event this year. One of the tone-setting components every year is a music playlist that matches the event's theme. so I'm looking for appropriate railroad music to provide the right mood for the event. We'd like some classic tunes like Rock Island Line and Hey Porter and others by Johnny Cash and similar artists, but also, if possible, we'd like 19th century train songs, as well. So I'm asking for some suggestions. Put yourself in my volunteers' place - what songs would you desire and expect to hear? Our volunteers give us so much and I want to really make it a special night for them. 

Thanks to everyone for your time.

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Wabash Cannonball

 

I Been Workin' On The Railroad

 

John Henry

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Wreck of the Old 97 -- Hank Snow

Casey Jones -- Johnny Cash

Chattanooga Cho Cho - Various

Lonesome Whistle - Hank Williams

Orange Blossom Special - Johnny Cash

Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight

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Midnight Special

 

 

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Worth posting again; City of New Orleans:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Folsom Prison Blues;  Johnny Cash

Train, Train;  Blackfoot

Casey Jones;  Grateful Dead

I'm Movin' On;  Hank Snow

Melissa; The Allman Brothers Band

Train Kept A Rollin';  Aerosmith

Locomotive Breath;  Jethro Tull

Locomotion;  Little Eva/Grand Funk Railroad

B Movie Boxcar Blues;  Delbert McClinton/The Blues Brothers

 

 

These are NOT what you're looking for, but each one is truly a great train song.

 

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2 hours ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

Worth posting again; City of New Orleans:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midnight Flyer, The Gambler, Down By The Station Early In The Morning, C. W. McCall's The Silverton

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Check out Boxcar Willie's list.

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Roger Miller King of the Road

 

 

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Didn't see Orange Blossom Special listed.

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You don't have to call me darlin''.  By David Allen Coe.  In the last verse it goes:

 

I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison.

And I went to pick her up in the rain.

Before I could get to the station in my pickup truck.

She got runned over by a danged ol' train.

 

And I'll hang around as long as you will let me.

And I never minded standing in the rain.

You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'.

You never even called by my name.

 

 

So now that it has being drunk, mom, trucks and trains, it is the perfect country song.  According to Coe and the song writer.  A bit tongue and cheek but it has trains in it  :P

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SGT. QUINCANNON:

      If there will be children present at the event, then obviously they might enjoy "I've Been Working on the Railroad" which we all learned in kindergarten. :blush:

      And with the recent post about the Monkees Peter Tork passing, we can't forget "Last Train to Clarksville":wub:

      And for those reminiscing the 30's & 40's, there is the great Duke Ellington and "Take the A Train". (instrumental) ;)

           

 

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14 hours ago, Blackwater 53393 said:

Folsom Prison Blues;  Johnny Cash

Train, Train;  Blackfoot

Casey Jones;  Grateful Dead

I'm Movin' On;  Hank Snow

Melissa; The Allman Brothers Band

Train Kept A Rollin';  Aerosmith

Locomotive Breath;  Jethro Tull

Locomotion;  Little Eva/Grand Funk Railroad

B Movie Boxcar Blues;  Delbert McClinton/The Blues Brothers

 

 

These are NOT what you're looking for, but each one is truly a great train song.

 

 

@Blackwater 53393,

       Truer words could not be spoken. :D

       This is a classic Jethro Tull (from the "Aqualung" Album) one of my favorite albums, along with his "Thick as a Brick" album.

       Thanks for mentioning it. ;)

 

       For those not familiar with it ... be prepared! :o (NOTE: May need volume up until the 1:21 Mark, then hold on for the ride!)

        

 

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Big Rock Candy Mountain

 

Hallelujah I'm A Bum

 

Two depression era songs.

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Hobo's Lullaby;  Arlo Guthrie 

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Let's not forget the Doobie Brothers and their rhythmic - "Long Train Running".

 

 

 

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Cherokee Fiddle-Johnny Lee

Crazy Train-Ozzy Osbourne

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Check out some Jimmie Rodgers stuff while your at it. He was a big train buff , one of his nicknames was "The Singing Brakeman".

Rex :D

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Next train headed south.

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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
 

Virgil Caine is the name
And I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came
And they tore up the tracks again
 
In the winter of '65
We were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell
It's a time I remember, oh so well
 
The night they drove Old Dixie down
And all her bells were ringing
The night they drove Old Dixie down
And all the people were singin', they went, na na na
 
It goes on for a few more verses.

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"On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe"

(This one is Cowboy themed)

Judy Garland won an Oscar for best song (1946)

 

 

 

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https://youtu.be/hBP15lRprPs

 

May be too much for some.

 

Also suggest Train kept runnin' by Aerosmith and Can't you see by Marshall Tucker Band.

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City of New Orleans is a good one.  

Recorded by lots of folks,, including 

Willie Nelson.

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On 2/26/2019 at 6:43 PM, Blackwater 53393 said:

Folsom Prison Blues;  Johnny Cash

Train, Train;  Blackfoot

Casey Jones;  Grateful Dead

I'm Movin' On;  Hank Snow

Melissa; The Allman Brothers Band

Train Kept A Rollin';  Aerosmith

Locomotive Breath;  Jethro Tull

Locomotion;  Little Eva/Grand Funk Railroad

B Movie Boxcar Blues;  Delbert McClinton/The Blues Brothers

 

 

These are NOT what you're looking for, but each one is truly a great train song.

 

Train,Train; Blackfoot  great song!

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