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Thread #20196   Message #958947
Posted By: GUEST,Anne/NZ
25-May-03 - 04:08 AM
Thread Name: Train Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: RAILWAY WIDOW'S BLUES (John Warner)
I have to add this Australian song! I perform it regularly at our folk club. This song is a railroad tune from a woman's perspective:

Written by John Warner. Sung by Margaret Walters on 'Trains of Treasure'. (A web search will easily find their web page.) They do a number of railroad tunes, including "Kaikoura Railway Memorial" about constructing the Picton to Christchurch line in New Zealand.

Come, all you women; hear me complain.
Don't mix with a man who drives a train,
Or you'll be sorry; you’ll be blue
Every time a train goes through.

You pack his crib the night before.
He's up and eating at half past four.
It's still pitch dark when he shuts the door,
And you hear his train go through.

Many the night you lie and dream
Of how you and him could raise some steam
Shunting and coupling to and fro;
Pull the regulator till the steam valves blow.

But you're all alone at the break of day,
With your man two hundred miles away.
It's a barrack shift, so he's bound to stay
Till another train goes through.

The right-of-way's just out the back,
Where the coal train garage rumbles off the track,
Droppin' soot and cinders till your washing’s black,
Every time the train goes through.

That man of mine, he's proud and tall;
Moves his body like a cannonball,
But he’s off before dawn at the shift boy's call,
And another train goes through.

Oh, he'll be back in another day,
But you can't build dreams on a hogger's pay.
When he's back home, a girl could weep.
It's food and bath and twelve hour sleeps.

So come, all you women; hear me complain.
Don't mess with those fellows who drive the train.
You'll be so sorry; you'll be blue,
Every time a train goes through,
Every time a train goes through.