“That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away”

Author: Words: Probably Charlie McCoy, influenced by the lyrics of "Cow Cow's Blues"/Tune: "Cow Cow's Blues" by Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport
Earliest date: 1930 (recording, Charlie McCoy)
Keywords: train separation abandonment floatingverses

Description

"Woke up this morning, found somethin' wrong, My lovin' babe had caught that train and gone...." The singer asks the depot agent to shut the depot down so she cannot leave. But the girl is lost, and the train "will take you baby and run right over you."

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References

  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 431-434, "That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, LONETRN
  3. BI, LSRai431