Railroad Songs

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Bill Anderson

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Midnight Special.

No train video, but it is my favorite version of this song. The song originated from a legend that the inmate of the cell where the nightly train shone its light as it passed by the prison would be the next guy to be released.


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Well, it's pretty dang obscure, but I have to say it's my favorite railroad song. After all, it's written about me and my wife, and based on a true story. We ran a dinner train during the same storm that sunk the Lake Washington floating bridge and it involved me walking the train through some flooded areas and finally reaching a washout at Mineral we couldn't get past, but by then we were by a road and could evacuate the passengers.

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Paddy on the Railway. And how do I post the YouTube video here? I am old you know.
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I wrote a 3rd verse to this song, it goes like this.

I woke up to a whistle, I seen a cloud of smoke,
Shook off the morning dew an found my boots, grabbed my hat and poke.
The train come to an easy stop, I heard an ol man shout,
Looked back behind me at the boxcar door, a helping hand come out.

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