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Thread #20196   Message #2898965
Posted By: Suffet
03-May-10 - 12:42 AM
Thread Name: Train Songs
Subject: RE: Train Songs
A recently composed song is The Dixieland Express, one of my own compositions. It's on my Now the Wheel Has Turned CD, and you can hear a 30-second clip by going to this page.

Here are the lyrics and guitar chords in A (although I recorded it in B):

The Dixieland Express
By Stephen L. Suffet 2004.   Country swing in 4/4.


A                               D                     A
Gonna ride that midnight train, south from Portland, Maine,

                              E7
Rolling down the New England shore,

      A                               D             A
Gonna kiss that gal of mine, tomorrow night in Caro-line,

                     E7            A
And I'm never gonna leave her any-more.

      D                  A
Roll on (roll on), roll on (roll on),

                                    E7
It's roll on to the land I love the best!

         A                         D                A
If this train keeps a-chuggin', my gal I'll soon be huggin',

                  E7            A
I'm riding on the Dixieland Ex-press.


Gonna ride that midnight train, south from Portland, Maine,
Rolling down the New England shore,
Gonna kiss that gal of mine, tomorrow night in Caroline,
And I'm never gonna leave her anymore.

Chorus:
Roll on (roll on), roll on (roll on),
It's roll on to the land I love the best!
If this train keeps a-chuggin', my gal I'll soon be huggin',
I'm riding on the Dixieland Express.

The fireman stokes the coal, as the engine starts to roll,
Roaring past the fishing boats and farms,
And the headlight that gleams, it brightens the dreams,
Of lying in my own true love's arms.

[chorus]

I've been working way up north, for twelve long months or more,
Out where the cold nor'easter blows,
Gonna take this southbound ride, along the coast I'll glide,
Back to where the honeysuckle grows.

[chorus]

Now the sun begins to rise, to the clatter of the ties,
Halfway there, I'll be home when it sets,
If this train runs me right, I'll see my gal tonight,
I'm riding on the Dixieland Express.

[double chorus]


Enjoy!

--- Steve