Saturday, May 03, 2014

Songs For National Train Day


In honor of National Train Day next Saturday, I thought I would rattle off 14 of my favorite tracks about riding the rail.

Mystery Train - Junior Parker or Elvis Presley
Last of the Steam Powered Trains - The Kinks
One After 909 - The Beatles
Subway - Bee Gees
Night Train - James Brown
Ghost Train - Gorillaz
Love Train - O'Jays
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry - Bob Dylan
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips
The Day We Caught The Train - Ocean Colour Scene
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
The Last Train To Clarksville - The Monkees
Downtown Train - Tom Waits
I've Been Working on the Railroad - Pete Seeger

Mystery Train is hands down the best; and you can flip a coin for which version.

What Am I Doin' Hangin' Round? by the Monkees is another one I love, but the train is in the lyric not the title. Train in Vain by the Clash is a heavy favorite, but the lyric is not about trains. And Grand Funk gets the nod over Little Eva today because RR is in their name.

I've performed one of these with some frequency: Love Train. It's just a great song and recording. O'Jays just nailed it. I'm sure there are more songs you could add. Nilsson's Nobody Cares About the Railroad Anymore immediately springs to mind. Well, gimme yours and we'll hop a freight car with the Urbane Hobos!



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