Freight Train (Elizabeth Cotten)

Sources:

Wikipedia

Sheet Music:

Kassner Associated Publishers Limited

Recordings:

1939 - Carter Family - Jan. 5, 1939 -- Mexico - Consolidated Radio Corp. of Mexico 2A/B (TD 16") - Janette Carter

(1949) -The Weavers - Bear Family 15720, on: Songs for Political Action: Folk Music, Topical Songs and the American Left (released 1996). Bear Family 15930, on: Goodnight Irene: The Weavers, 1949-1953 (released 2000) - The Weavers (Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, Pete Seeger)

1950s - Peggy Seeger - United States O, on: Joe Meek: The Lost Recordings (released 2009)

1957 - Rusty Draper

(1957) - Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Hightone, on: Ramblin' Jack Elliott: The Lost Topic Tapes Cowes Harbour 1957 (released 2004)

1958 - Elizabeth Cotten - 1957 - Washington DC - Folkways 3526, on: Negro Folk Songs And Tunes - Elizabeth Cotten (v,g)

1960s - Ramblin' Jack Elliott - c1957 - Milan Italy - Bounty, on: Jack Elliott & Derroll Adams: Roll On Buddy: The Jack Elliott and Derroll Adams Story: Volume 1

1960s - The Overlanders

1961-63 - Joan Baez - Vanguard, on: Very Early Joan (released 1983)

1963 - Peter, Paul & Mary - on: In the Wind

1964 - Pete Seeger - Capitol 2172, on: Folk Songs by Pete Seeger

1965 - Elizabeth Cotten - July 23-26, 1964 - Newport RI - Vanguard 9181, on: Blues at Newport 1964-Part 2 - Elizabeth Cotten (v,g)

1968 - Lenny Breau - on: Guitar Sounds of Lenny Breau

1972 - Chet Atkins - RCA, on: Now And Then

1975 - Chas McDavitt Group - Sire, on: Roots of British Rock

1976 - Norman Blake, Red Rector - County, on: Norman Blake and Red Rector

1977 - Taj Mahal - Warner 2994, on: Music Fuh Ya' (Musica Para Tu)

1977 - Taj Mahal - Rhino 7749, on: Sing A Happy Song-The Warner Recordings (released 2001)

1978 - Elizabeth Cotten - 1978? - New York City - Flying Fish 090, on: The New Lost City Ramblers: 20th Anniversary Concert - Elizabeth Cotten (v,g)

1978 - Elizabeth Cotten - Dec. 9, 1978 - Syracuse NY - Folkways 3537, on: Vol. 3: When I'm Gone - Elizabeth Cotten (v,g)

(1980) - Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Appleseed, on: Kerouac's Last Dream (released 1997)

1980s' - Elizabeth Cotten - Arhoolie 1089, on: Elizabeth Cotten Live! - Elizabeth Cotten (v,g)

1982 - Evo Bluestein - Swallow, on: Deep Shady Grove

1984 - Taj Mahal - Just A Memory 0003, on: The Rising Sun Collection

1991 - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - on: Conversation With The River

1993 - Jerry Garcia/David Grissman - Acoustic Disc: on: Not For Kids Only

1994 - Taj Mahal - July 18, 1980 - Just A Memory Records, on: The Rising Sun Collection

1997 - Stefan Grossman, Duck Baker - Acoustic Music, on: Northern Skies, Southern Blues

1998 - Taj Mahal - Columbia 64919, on: In Progress & In Motion: 1965-1998

1999 - Jim & Jesse - 1972-1993 - on: The Old Dominion Masters

2002 - Doc Watson - High Windy Audio, on: Legacy

2002 - James Alan Shelton - Rebel, on: Song For Greta

2002 - Uncle Earl - Detroit Radio Company, on: She Went Upstairs

2003 - Mike Seeger - Smithsonian Folkways, on: True Vine

2004 - Tradition & Moderne, on: Live Catch

2004 - Taj Mahal - The Water Rats - Voiceprint, on: The Gathering

2005 - Larry Rice - Rebel, on: Clouds Over Carolina

2006 - Old Town School of Folk Music - on: Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1

2007 - The Malchicks - Zoho Music, on: To Kill a Mockingbird

2007 - Cary Hudson - Black Dog, on: Bittersweet Blues

2007 - Davis Coen - 219, on: Ill Disposition

2009 - Lonnie Donegan - Big3, on: Original Hits of the Skiffle Explosion

2009 - Rosebud - Enja, on: Plays the Music of Newport

2010 - Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ani DiFranco - Preservation Hall Recordings, on: Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outre

 

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Elizabeth Cotten:
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Please don't tell what train I'm on
They won't know what route I've gone.

When I am dead and in my grave
No more good times here I crave.
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all that I've gone to sleep.

When I die, Lorde, bury me deep
Way down on old Chestnut street.
So I can hear old Number 9
As she comes rolling by.

When I die, Lorde, bury me deep
Way down on old Chestnut street.
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all that I've gone to sleep.

Peter, Paul & Mary:
Freight train freight train goin' so fast
Freight train freight train goin' so fast
Please don't tell what train I'm on
So they won't know where I've gone.

Freight train, freight train, comin' round the bend
Freight train, freight train, gone again
One of these days turn that train around
Go back to my hometown.

[Chorus]

One more place I'd like to be
One more place I'd love to see
To watch those old Blue Ridge Mountains climb
As I ride ol' Number Nine.

[Chorus]

When I die please bury me deep
Down at the end of Bleecker Street
So I can hear ol' Number Nine
As she goes rollin' by.

Jerry Garcia/David Grisman:
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Please don't tell what train I'm on
They won't know what route I'm going

When I'm dead and in my grave
No more good times here I crave
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all I've gone to sleep

When I die, oh bury me deep
Down at the end of old Chestnut Street
So I can hear old Number Nine
As she comes rolling by

When I die, oh bury me deep
Down at the end of old Chestnut Street
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all I've gone to sleep

Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Please don't tell what train I'm on
They won't know what route I'm going