Train Songs - Folsum Prison Blues  

KaraokeTom 71M
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3/4/2006 3:45 pm

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3/7/2006 11:01 am

Train Songs - Folsum Prison Blues

Been waundering around the site today. SINgle Again has a post on her blog asking folks to comment on what job they would like to have if they joined her pretend circus. My choice was easy. I want to be the engineer of the steam locomotive pulling the circus train from town to town. The post got me thinking about my fascination with trains and train songs.

The Johnny Cash movie, "Walk the Line" has gotten a lot of folks to listen to his music that don't normally listen to country. Here's my favorite Johnny Cash song.

Folsum Prison Blues

I hear the train a cominī
itīs rolling round the bend

The entire country's movements revolved around train travel before the development of mass produced automobiles like the Model T Ford.

My grandfather, step-grandfather, and greatgrandfather worked for the Chicago and Northwestern RR in Green Bay. Some of my favorite childhood memories were hopping a train with Grandpa Tom to go down to Milwaukee or Chicago to do the museums and the zoos.

and I ainīt seen the sunshine since I donīt know when,
Iīm stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps dragginī on
but that train keeps a rollinī on down to San Anton..

Johnny actually performed this song for the inmates at Folsum Prison while mounting his comeback from a severe addiction to drugs and alcohol. The prisoner is marking his time with the arrival and departure of a daily train.

When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
always be a good boy, donīt ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
now every time I hear that whistle I hang my head and cry..

I bet thereīs rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
theyīre probably drinkinī coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I canīt be free
but those people keep a movinī
and thatīs what tortures me...

When I completed my profile, I never shared my ultimate sexual fantasy location. I'd love to go on a cross country train trip with my lover. We'd dine, talk, drink and have sex to the click-clack of a train moving down the track.

I fly a lot for business. There is no romance to plane travel. But taking it slow, moving across the country at a pace we decide. Hopping off for a day. Exploring. Then hopping back on the train and "heading down the line". That could be very romantic. The modern day nomads ...

Well if theyīd free me from this prison,
if that railroad train was mine
I bet Iīd move it on a little further down the line
far from Folsom prison, that's where I want to stay
and Iīd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.....

Anyone interested in joining me in having "that lonesome whistle blow our blues away."


rm_sallyride 68F

3/5/2006 11:13 am

Wow Tom, I love trains! I had so many bad things happen to me on airplanes that I once reached a point where I said no more, and started taking the train. I'm from Texas, so everytime I wanted to go visit, I would pack up the kids and we would take the train. You can get from Chicago to Dallas in 24 hours. It's not fun if you don't have a room, but if you get a room, it is a great way to travel! I loved it. Then about 8 years ago I got a job that required airplane travel, so for the first time in over ten years, I got on an airplane. I still love the sound of a train whistle too. I lived in Waunakee for about 2 years and everynight around 10 PM the train whistle would blow. I just loved the sound of it. There are two train rides I would like to take. One is a fancy train that goes through the Rocky Mountains to Utah, and the other one is through the Canadian Rockies. Since you are going to be the engineer, I will be the caboose driver. Is there a name for that?? lol.. i always seem to be taking up the rear...

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