“Going for a Pardon”


The pretty little girl on the train has no ticket. Her father is in prison and going blind; she is going for a pardon. The conductor lets her stay on the train. She meets the governor and is granted a pardon for her father


According to Sigmund Spaeth, _A History of Popular Music in America_, pp. 255-256, James Thornton was a very popular songwriter from about 1892 to 1898, producing such songs as "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon," "Don't Give Up the Old Love for the New," "She May Have Seen Better Days," and (especially) "When You Were Sweet Sixteen." - RBW

Cross references


  • Mac & Bob (Lester McFarland & Robert Gardner), "The East Bound Train" (Vocalion 5174, 1927)
  • Riley Puckett, "East Bound Train" (Columbia 15747-D, 1931)
  • Ernest V. Stoneman, "East Bound Train" (Edison 52299, 1928) (CYL: Edison [BA] 5548, 1928)
  • "Dock" Walsh, "The East Bound Train" (Columbia 15047-D, 19270


  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 316-320, "Going for a Pardon/The Eastbound Train" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph 721, "Going for a Pardon" (2 texts)
  3. Roud #7390
  4. BI, R721


Author: Words: James Thornton and Clara Hauenschild / Music: James Thornton
Earliest date: 1896 (copyright)
Found in: US(So)