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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Dec-06 - 10:21 PM
Thread Name: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN THE TRAIN COMES ALONG (spiritual)
Lyr Add: WHEN THE TRAIN COMES ALONG

When the train comes along,
I will meet you at the station
When the train comes along.

If my mother ask for me,
Tell her death done summons me;
I will meet you at the station
When the train comes along.

If my brother ask for me,
Tell him death done summons me;
I will meet you at the station
When the train comes along.

Oh I may be blind
and cannot see;
I will meet you at the station
When the train comes along.

With score; pp. 4-5, Carl Diton, 1928, "Thirty-Six South Carolina Spirituals," coll. Carl Diton. G. Schirmer, Inc.

A much expanded version from White gospel was sung by Uncle Dave Macon, recorded 1934. Score and lyrics in Cohen, Norm, 1981, "Long Steel Rail," pp. 633-635.

Diton also collected "Same Train." The last line of each verse, Same train be back, tomorrow, has added 'same train.'
Different verse at end:

Same train up in the Heaven, same train, Mm---
Same train up in the Heaven, (2x)
Same train be back tomorrow, same train.
p. 53, with score.