“The Cannonball”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Lesley Riddle; recorded by the Carter Family)
Keywords: love farewell rambling train travel abandonment floatingverses lover
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Floating verses; singer says he will catch the train called the Cannonball (from Buffalo to Washington), his girl left him, and he's leaving her. More or less.

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References

  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 413-425, "Cannonball Blues/Whitehouse Blues" (2 texts, 2 tunes, the first being "Mister McKinley (White House Blues)" and the second the "Cannonball Blues," plus a version of a song called "Mr. McKinley" from _The Week-End Book_, which is so different that I would regard it as a separate though perhaps related song, probably not traditional)
  2. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 116-117, "The Cannonball" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Botkin-RailFolklr, p. 463, "Cannonball Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT, (CANONBL3 adapted by Bruce Phillips?)
  5. Roud #4759
  6. BI, CSW116