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Freight Train Blues

John Lair

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


22 Nov 1961
cd imgBOB DYLAN
cd imgFOLK SINGER-HUMDINGER Just About As Good As It Gets!
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG (T-286)

  Bob Dylan recording session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 20.nov.1961  

I was born in dixie in a boomer's shack
Just a little shanty by the railroad track
Freight train it taught how to cry
The holler of the driver was my lullaby.
I got the freight train blues
O lordy mama, i got them in the bottom of my ramblin' shoes
And when the whistle blows i gotta go, baby don't you know
Well it looks like i'm never gonna lose the freight train blues.

Well my daddy was a fireman and my mama-ah
She was the only daughter of an engineer
My sweetheart was a brakeman an' it ain't no joke
It's a shame the way she keeps a good man broke.
I got the freight train blues
O lordy man, i got 'em in the bottom of my ramblin' shoes
And when the whistle blows i gotta go, baby don't you know
Well it looks like i'm never gonna lose the freight train blues.

Well the only thing that makes me laugh again
Is a southbound whistle on a southbound train
Every place i wanna go, i never can go
Because you know, i got the freight train blues
O lordy mama, i got 'em in the bottom of my ramblin' shoes
    

 Recording dates & record list

4 Nov 1961 CARNEGIE CHAPTER HALL 1961
22 Nov 1961 1 BOB DYLAN
FOLK SINGER-HUMDINGER Just About As Good As It Gets!
THE BOOTLEG (b)