Freight Train Blues

Words & Music:

John Lair (1935)



I was born in Dixie in a boomer's shack,

C                             G7       C

Just a little old shanty by a railroad track.


The hummin' of the drivers was my lullaby,

C                                     G7     C

And a freight train whistle taught me how to cry.




I've got the freight train blues, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy!

C                           D7       G7

Got 'em in the bottom of my ramblin' shoes.

    C                                    C7

And when that whistle blows, I've gotta go.

F           C                     A7

Oh, Lordy!  Guess I'm never gonna lose

    D7        G7            C

The mean, old freight train blues.


Now, my Pappy was a fireman and my Mammy dear,

Was the only daughter of an engineer.

My sister married a brakeman and it ain't no joke.

Now, it's a shame the way she keeps a good man broke.




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