Trains, Trains, and Rairoad Songs

images-2“Ain’t nothing like a train. That’s what I say. You can keep all your (expletive) jet airplanes, and your fancy foreign automobiles too. Time was you jes’ hopped a train, lay back in some lonesome boxcar, maybe slept one off….. And, well, before you could say Jack Robinson you were pulling into St. Louis. Or Seattle, Washington. Or Albuquerque, New Mexico. Anywhere really. Well, thems were the good ol’ days. The railroad days.”

images-2So spoke Willard “the Master” Maxwell just a few weeks before he died at age 94 last week in a San Diego nursing home.

So here are a couple of railroad songs for Willard – and for anyone else with a fondness for trains. Pick which one you like. It’s up to you.

Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie played by Preston Maybank and accompanied by Bumba


Evening Train, a Bumba “original” accompanied by Maybank

The ol’ Orange Blossom Special played by Bumba


22 thoughts on “Trains, Trains, and Rairoad Songs

  1. I love trains! And I particularly enjoyed Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie :0
    We can hear a train here that passes not too far from our house, I feel so comforted hearing that train whistle during the day and especially during the night. Not sure why.

    1. Paul Simon has a wonderful line: “Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance. Everybody thinks it’s true”. I grew up right next to a train station. It was noisy, but I still love trains.

  2. now I’ve uploaded – like you – a music file to wordpress:
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  3. dear Stephen,
    because I’m too old now (68) to learn violin (or blues harp or piano like you) I decided to use the kazoo = playing kazoo is like singing under the shower – or singing sitting on the roof of a train …

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