“Clear the Track (I)”


"Ho, the car Emancipation Rides majestic through the nation, Bearing on its train the story, Liberty! a nation's glory." Those who oppose freedom for the slaves are warned that the train is coming and will accomplish its end


The sheet music dedicates this to Nathaniel P. Rogers "as a mark of esteem for his intrepidity in the cause of Human Rights." Intrepid he may have been; famous he was not. - RBW

Same tune

  • The Workingman's Train (Greenway-AFP, pp. 87-88)

Cross references


  • Pete Seeger, "Clear the Track" (on PeteSeeger28)


  1. Silber-CivWar, pp. 48-49, "Clear the Track" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Greenway-AFP, p. 87, "Get Off the Track" (1 text)
  3. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 46, 48, "(Get Off the Track)" (1 excerpt plus a photo of part of the sheet music)
  4. BI, SCW48


Author: Words: Jesse Hutchinson / Music: Dan Emmett
Earliest date: 1844 (sheet music)