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Thread #97553   Message #1921309
Posted By: Azizi
29-Dec-06 - 10:11 AM
Thread Name: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
Subject: RE: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
Correction:

19750s=1950s

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Does anyone know the lyrics to the song "This Train Is A Clean Train"?

By way of Google I found this song title listed in this record by Elder Roma Wilson:

"This Train"-Elder Roma Wilson and his harmonica
CD 429
CD upc: 096297042922

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That CD includes two versions of "This Train Is A Clean Train". There is also a separate listing for the song "This Train" [is bound for glory?].

Here's some information on Elder Roma Wilson:

"Roma Wilson, born in the North Mississippi town of Hickory Flat in 1910, began playing harmonica around the age of 13. By 18, he became an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Church and, in combination with his partner- the superb guitar evangelist Rev. Leon Pinson, took to spreading the gospel, rich with their powerful music, along the North Mississippi Church circuit. In the early 1940s, Wilson and his family moved north to Michigan. When times were hard, he and his children (his sons also on harmonica and his daughter on guitar) would take their gospel music down to Detroit's famed Hastings Street and play for the crowds. In 1948, Wilson was recorded at Joe Von Battle's record shop on Hastings Street. To complete this great Wilson package on Arhoolie, these historic family recordings- six tracks in al l- are included on This Train. Since the 1970s, Wilson has been living once again in Mississippi, where he was recorded, at age 84, in 1994 in Red Hills (near Tupelo) and Abideen for 14 tracks. His significant contribution to traditional music was recently honored with a National Heritage Fellowship given by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994"...

http://www.arhoolie.com/titles/429.shtml