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Thread #97553   Message #1920963
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Dec-06 - 09:09 PM
Thread Name: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: LOOK WHERE DE TRAIN DONE GONE
Possibly the source of the 'train done gone.' An old blues.

Lyr. Add: LOOK WHERE DE TRAIN DONE GONE

1.
Look where de train done gone, (2x)
Look where de train done gone, oh, babe,
Gone never to return!
2.
Say, gal, did you ever have a friend? (3x)
I has certainly been a friend to you!
3.
Ain't got a friend in town, (2x)
Ain't got a friend in town, oh, babe,
I ain't got a friend in town!
4.
If I had a-lissen to what my mamma said, (2x)
If I had a-lissen to what my mamma said, oh, babe,
I wouldn't a-been layin' round!
5.
I heard dat whistle when she blowed, (2x)
I heard dat whistle when she blowed, oh, babe,
I heard dat whistle when she blowed!
6.
Blowed as she never blowed before, (2x)
Blowed as she never blowed before, oh, babe,
Blowed like my babe's on board!
7.
I hope dat Katy train don't have a wreck, (2x)
I hope dat Katy train don't have a wreck, oh, babe,
An' kill my darlin' babe!
8.
Tomorrow's my trial day, (2x)
Tomorrow's my trial day, oh, babe,
I wonder what the judge's goin' to say!
9.
If I had a-died when I was young, (3x)
I wouldn't a-had this hard race to run!

Furnished by Lottie Barnes (Af-Am) to Mrs. Bartlett, pub. by Dorothy Scarborough, 1925, "On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs,"pp. 245-246, with partial score.