Post your favorite pop songs with railroads in it here......

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Posted by dubch87 on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 4:43 PM

Can't forget The Godfather of Soul.

   

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Posted by samfp1943 on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:12 PM

HOW ABOUT : Fireball Mail by the Osborne Bros

@ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ksixgx_mFE

Or some Boxcar Willie: Wabash Cannonball

@https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPnciunYwHg

Maybe some Johnnie Cash: Orange Blossom Special [witrh some of those English train photos(?) ] @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4-uoUpN1c4

or even some more Johnnie Cash: I've got a thing about trains

@ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj33mYjjRPY

 

 

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:33 AM

It's a brief, and somewhat obscure mention, and it is the subways that are mentioned, but Simon and Garfunkels "Sounds of Silence."  

Another of their lesser known songs, "Poem on the Underground Wall," has as it's first line: "The last train is nearly due..."

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Posted by LithoniaOperator on Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:54 AM

Rainy Night in Georgia. Brooke Benton. Just a mention literally, but the "scene" of the song is at a depot or yard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDRbF80NKDU

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, December 21, 2017 3:20 PM

Louis Prima's version of "That Old Black Magic" is great but listen to this!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5KYW441M4g 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, January 14, 2018 6:43 PM

I stumbled into this one while looking for something else on You Tube, a young musician called Mean Mary, and the song is "Iron Horse."   And man, can she play that banjo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CNB5OLUPM0

She must be pretty tough too, walkin' barefoot on that roadbed!

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Posted by Warren J on Thursday, January 18, 2018 3:09 PM

How about Arlo Guthrie's "Riding On The City Of New Orleans"?  Steve Goodman wrote it but Arlo made it famous.

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:35 PM

Just an allusion, but as evocative as much of the good stuff by Bukka White, is the grade-crossing signal at the very beginning of the Quicksilver Messenger Service cover of "Who Do You Love", one of the very best of the 'classic' prog-rock tracks.

I had, and have lost, the URL to a song by a bluegrass band, with a title something like 'Evening Train', which ended with a completely recognizable Amtrak K5LA chord on fiddle.  Anyone know what it is? (it was on YouTube or another downloadable service)

And what was the Oliver song from the '60s with the three-cylinder steam locomotive effect?

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Posted by wanswheel on Friday, January 19, 2018 12:25 PM

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Posted by zardoz on Saturday, February 03, 2018 5:02 PM

Last Train to London, by E.L.O.

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Posted by CSX_road_slug on Saturday, February 03, 2018 9:22 PM

"Casey Jones" by the Grateful Dead

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 2:26 AM

I've Been Hardly Working On The Railroad Too Long

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 12:55 PM

I'm still shaking my head. Thinking this is the greatest thing ever but why is it?  How did it get into the University of South Carolina archives?

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Posted by ROBERT J BARCLAY on Monday, April 09, 2018 2:11 PM

Johnny Cash: riding on the cotton belt/ rock island line  

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Posted by noemdfan on Monday, April 09, 2018 5:23 PM

Absolutely the best Railroad Song ever!

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Posted by Ruppert Baird on Monday, April 09, 2018 6:48 PM

I've honestly got three:

Doobie Brothers, "Long Train Running."

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xlh1ic

Marshall Tucker Band, "Can't You See." https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=marshall+tucker+band&view=detail&mid=133A34D593EC1230625C133A34D593EC1230625C&FORM=VIRE

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Josh Turner, "Long Black Train." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyRZTAmcW7c

 

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Posted by noemdfan on Monday, April 09, 2018 7:16 PM

I prefer hearing Tony Bennett putting words to Duke Ellington’s excellent music

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Posted by ONRFan89 on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 3:55 PM

Oh lord, Too many to count.

Christie-Iron Horse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUjIGfN81-4

Southern Pacific theme song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jertkjmqD9I 

Official SP video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3q3Xjq5P2s 

Neil Young Southern Pacific Only decent recording I can find https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ph2y3EYNI 

N&W Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuuI-80Ya7w 

Pure Prairie League- Kansas City Southern https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O20XrApSuM 

CCR Cross Tie Walker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2z3DCtVSy4

Big Train from Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCyxwOCRo9I 

The Norfolk Southern Lawmen Rollin Out Again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maSp2IHqlbk 

Kentucky Borderline Ronda Vincent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNdVhjxBjys 

Ridin The Midnight train Ricky Skaggs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItjF1peN5ik 

See The Sky About To Rain Neil Young https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryAUvOnhUb8 

Everytime I hear this old song I think of the Circus Train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKLQ6sokcDQ 

Johnny Cash Texas 1947 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10ll77ep_2k 

The Golden Rocket only because this video has Chessie 2101 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upd5hXmXQtw 

More to come.

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Posted by ONRFan89 on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:20 PM

Starlight On the Rails Utah Phillips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KJ2GFCM4Q8 

Wabash Cannon Ball/ Tolono Utah Phillips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxemDPIouus 

The Locomotion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8z34lhKWrQ 

Rock N Roll Train AC/DC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmAVzMKzxhI 

3 Doors Down-Train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZF6WDnaBOs 

Fat Bottomed Girls- Queen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8q7KjgvXvQ 

Anime Galaxy Railways- Linkin Park- New Divide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKaJ1KffUiM 

California Soul SP tribute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3JKTe6KFj0 

Kaitlyn Baker Coal Train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3mLivBoSnM 

Elvis Mystery Train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_eE0NPArEY 

Robbie Robertson-Somewhere Down The Crazy River- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KP9PNSUME4 

Christie-Iron Horse Bigboys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1D3MFTia0s 

Bigboy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHzN7UCjki8 

Mary McCasln-California Zephyr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfW_Slcufkk 

Mary McCasln- Last Cannon Ball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-s3EwLFCbA 

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Posted by ONRFan89 on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:30 PM

Last. All James Coffey

Build a bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROWxo6F_vtg 

Railroad of America https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6Yv03Co1o8 

Legends of the rails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l42q2AbsDQ0 

Ghosts of the rails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbnGRgzMpy8 

Streamliners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI0EV2xOV7g 

Smooth operator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvn3xBptyis 

Freedom Train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O11CXB6_UY 

Signal Lights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3Ol8r7zi8s 

I'm an engineer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAICf4iyVGk 

Nine hundred miles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx7AwxC6aSI 

I think those are James Coffey's best work from "I love Toy Trains" series.

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Posted by cat992c on Friday, April 13, 2018 8:42 AM

Night Train by Buddy Murrow.Chattanooga Choo Choo by Glenn Miller-THe best train song of all time.Sentimental Journey by Les Brown.The City of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie

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Posted by ogre427 on Friday, April 13, 2018 4:23 PM

 

Johnny Lee - Cherokee Fiddle

  

 

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Posted by Sunnyland on Friday, April 13, 2018 5:36 PM

Not sure how to post it here, so I will just say it "City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie.  Dad loved it and one of the last .45 records he bought, died a year or so later after song became popular.  Thought of that when I rode that train two years ago and plan to ride again this summer.  Parents and I went to NOLA on the IC years ago, one of our many trips on Dad's pass Had relatives there, all dead now or moved away but I have a friend living there now, so someone to take me around  Love that city and love that train. 

 

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, April 13, 2018 6:05 PM

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"City of New Orleans"

Actually written by Steve Goodman, and covered by many.  Arlo's version is just the one that caught the public's ear, and as I recall, he really didn't like the way he performed it.

It has been mentioned.

One of these days, maybe someone will go through the thread and compile a list of all the songs listed.

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Posted by bandofan on Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:58 AM

Willie Nelson's City of New Orleans.  I can only imagine riding the rails when I listen to this song.  One of my favorites!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XyRdJr4LSc

 

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Posted by zugmann on Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:06 PM

tree68
Actually written by Steve Goodman, and covered by many. Arlo's version is just the one that caught the public's ear, and as I recall, he really didn't like the way he performed it.

Arlo's version was pure crap compared to Steve's, IMO.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 5:03 PM

wanswheel

I've Been Hardly Working On The Railroad Too Long

https://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3A46256

 

I just got around to watching this, and holy jeez, those guys are incredible!

I clicked on "Metadata" to see if I could find just where this was filmed and oh, wow!  It's Richmond VA!

Has to be the C&O's Fulton Yard, just south and east of the downtown area.  I went "full-screen" on the computer and recognized the Confederate Soldiers Monument (in the distance) on Libby Hill. 

Fulton Yard's still there, now CSX, but it sure doesn't look like it did back then.  From what I can see from the adjacent VA Route 5 it looks like a wasteland.

Watch this video and ask yourself, given the choice where would you prefer to be?  At a rock concert with the volume turned up so high you're getting a nosebleed, or in a room with these guys and other railroaders and a keg of beer?

I know where I'd rather be!

PS:  When the guys on the caboose waved I waved back!  Couldn't help myself.

So long boys, have a safe trip back to the past where you have to stay and where I can't follow. 

 

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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:44 PM

Even though it is only mid April that clip from Wanswheel is going to be hard to top for Posting Of The Year.

It's like  Whaaaaat? Holeeee? Best thing ever, as my dog says!

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:17 PM

zugmann
 
tree68
Actually written by Steve Goodman, and covered by many. Arlo's version is just the one that caught the public's ear, and as I recall, he really didn't like the way he performed it.

 

Arlo's version was pure crap compared to Steve's, IMO.

 

Well I don't know about that, Arlo's was the first version I heard, and I DID like it, but since that time I've heard others.  I like Willie Nelson's too, but my own personal favorite is the late Steve Goodman's own, and here it is...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SfPyg-mGhU

No studio over-production here, just a very talented young man with a guitar and a puckish infectious grin having fun with his creation, the best train song ever written.

What a loss to us all, although I'm sure Steve's looking down on us with satisfaction knowing two things, his song may have done more to save American railroads than any of us may ever know, and his beloved Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series!

And did you catch it?  "...they ride their daddy's magic carpet made o' steam..."

 

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:06 PM

How about one that you and your gal can actually dance to.

https://youtu.be/Sgi1rh5wGtE

Terrific train song. Get moving!

lots of videos and recordings of 'My Cutie's Due At Two To Two Today'

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