“Freight Train Blues (II)”


"I waas born in Dixie in a boomer's shack, Just a little shanty by the railroad track...." "I got the fright train blues... When the whistle blows, I got to go...." The singer tells of how the rails have always ruled his life; he cannot outgrow them


  • Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys, "Freight Train Blues" (Vocalion 04466 [vocal by Sam Hatcher], 1936) (Columbia 37598 [vocal by Acuff], 1947) [It appears that some releases of this song, including Columbia 20034 and 37008, used the same record number for the Hatcher and Acuff masters]
  • Richard O. Hamilton, "Freight Train Blues" (on USWarnerColl01)


  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 524-527, "Freight Train Blues (II)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #16393
  3. BI, LSRai524


Author: John Lair
Earliest date: 1934 (recording, Red Foley)
Found in: US(MA)