Freight Train Blues
Written by John Lair
Chord-chart by Lynn Lewis
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I was born in Dixie in a boomer’s - shack,
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In a little shanty by a rail-road track,
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The hummin’ of the drivers was my lulla - by,
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And a freight train whistle taught me how to cry.
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I’ve got the freight - train - blues,
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Lordy, lordy, lordy,
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Got ’em in the bottom of my ramb-lin’ shoes,
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When that whistle - blows, I’ve gotta go,
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Lor-dy, lor-dy think I’m never gonna lose,
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The freight train blues.
Now my pappy was a fireman and my mammy dear,
Was the only daughter of an engineer,
My sweetie a brakeman and it ain’t no joke,
Now it’s a shame the way she keeps a good man broke.
The only thing that makes me want to settle down,
Is the sweetest litlle girl, boys, in this old town.
The only thing that makes me want to navigate,
Is the lonesome whistle on a south bound freight.
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