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RAILROADING ON THE GREAT DIVIDE


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Joe Offer 16 Apr 98 - 06:03 PM
Jon W. 17 Apr 98 - 10:15 AM
Bert 17 Apr 98 - 11:04 AM
Gene 17 Apr 98 - 11:52 AM
Joe Offer 17 Apr 98 - 12:56 PM
Barry Finn 17 Apr 98 - 01:25 PM
Joe Offer 18 Apr 98 - 01:26 AM
Joe Offer 20 Apr 98 - 12:57 AM
Jon W. 20 Apr 98 - 10:26 AM
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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: RAILROADING ON THE GREAT DIVIDE
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Apr 98 - 06:03 PM

The tune to "Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet" reminded me of this song. The tune isn't quite the same, but it's close.
-Joe Offer-

RAILROADING ON THE GREAT DIVIDE (Sara Carter Bayes)

Nineteen and sixteen I started to roam,
Out in the West, no money, no home.
I went drifting along with the tide,
I landed on the Great Divide.
[chorus]
Railroading on the Great Divide,
Nothing around me but (the) Rockies and sky.
(It's) There you'll find me as the years go by
Railroading on the Great Divide.

Ask any oldtimer from old Cheyenne
Railroad in Wyoming's the best in the land.
The long steel rails, and short cross ties,
I laid across the Great Divide.
[chorus]

As I looked out across the breeze,
Number Three's coming, the fastest on wheels.
Through old Laramie, she glides with pride
And rolls across the Great Divide.
[chorus]

MIDI file: RAILRO~1.MID

Timebase: 192

Name: Railroading on the Great Divide
Text: By Sara Carter Bayes, 1952
Key: D
TimeSig: 3/4 24 8
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

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M:3/4
Q:1/4=120
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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Jon W.
Date: 17 Apr 98 - 10:15 AM

Thanks, Joe. I have just returned to the library an old Deseret String Band LP with this song on it, sung by Skip Gorman. He has since left the DSB and sings cowboy songs up in the Yellowstone area I believe. He came down here last Labor Day for a music festival I was at. Just curious, what is your source for the song?


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Bert
Date: 17 Apr 98 - 11:04 AM

Joe,

I always thought that Utah Phillips wrote that one.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Gene
Date: 17 Apr 98 - 11:52 AM

http://www.bmi.com

shows 2 entries for RAILROADING.....

1) by Sara Carter Bayes

2) by both Sara Carter Bayes AND A. L. Phillips


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Apr 98 - 12:56 PM

Well, Jon, lemme tell ya about my source for the song. I was hoping somebody would ask.
It's a songbook called "Singing Rails: Railroadin' Songs, Jokes, & Stories," by Wayne Erbsen, director of the Appalachian Music program at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. He also has a great bluegrass program on the public radio station in Asheville. I found one of his songbooks in a Park Service store on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and ended up buying all the books he has out. The best ones are this one and the 2 books on cowboys and outlaws, one called "Front Porch Old-time Songs, Jokes, and Stories," and one by Doug Elliott called "Crawdads, Doodlebugs, and Creasy Greens." They're available from Erbsen's Native Ground Music, (800)752-2656, and I think they cost about five or six bucks apiece. You can also get them from www.amazon.com by searching under "Erbsen." The songs in the books are very good, but the stories included with them are really great.

Gene, the words I put in parentheses are from Bruce "Utah" Phillips, but the rest are from Sara Carter Bayes. I don't know what he had to do with the writing of the song, but that's A. L. Phipps who is listed with Sara in the BMI directory, and A.L. and the Phipps family had some sort of association with the Carters.
Sara had been married to A.P. Carter. They got divorced, but still performed together. She married Coy Bayes in the late 1930's.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Barry Finn
Date: 17 Apr 98 - 01:25 PM

Jon W, we now lay claim to Skip Gorman, here in New Hampshire, Yellowstone's loss, our gain. Barry


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Apr 98 - 01:26 AM

Gene wanted to know what songs were on Wayne Erbsen's Singing Rails songbook, so here's the list:
Cannonball Blues, Casey Jones, Death of Edward Lewis, East Bound Train, Freight Train Boogie, In the Pines (The Longest Train), John Henry, Life's Railway to Heaven, The Lightning Express, Lonesome Pine Special, Midnight Special, New River Train, Nine Hundred Miles, Nine Pound Hammer, On the Dummy Line, Railroad Bill, The Railroad Corral, Railroadin' and Gamblin', Railroading on the Great Divide, Reuben's Train, Rock Island Line, Swannanoa Tunnel, This Train, Train on the Island, Train That Carried My Girl From Town, Wabash Cannonball, When the Train Comes Along, Wreck of the Old 97

Here's a link to Erbsen's Native Ground Music.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Apr 98 - 12:57 AM

Gene Graham gave me an URL for a bigger, better website for Native Ground Music. I wonder why they have two websites.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Jon W.
Date: 20 Apr 98 - 10:26 AM

I picked up Erbsen's "Front Porch Old Time Songs" on vacation last summer at Ft. Laramie, Wyoming. Amazing what you can get in those Park Service stores. A few years ago I got a book at Mammoth Cave (Kentucky) called Foxfire 3, which had among other things instructions on building Appalachian banjos and dulcimers. I guess I'll have to order some of Erbsen's recordings.

I still feel cheated that my wife made us leave early from the music festival where Skip Gorman was playing. We only stayed for his first three or four numbers. She claimed to be worried about the kids but I suspect she didn't appreciate real cowboy music. He certainly seemed to have done a lot of research and tried to make his stuff as authentic as possible. What's a cowboy doing in New Hampshire?


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Barry Finn
Date: 20 Apr 98 - 12:14 PM

As far as I know Skip spent time working the ranches & finding some of the old timers & learning the music from them. Why is he in NH? Doesn't everybody eventually come back to the East Coast? You were cheated, he's a great singer/musician/performer. Barry


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Subject: RE: ADD: Railroading on the Great Divide
From: Alice
Date: 20 Apr 98 - 01:21 PM

Joe, Thanks for providing this wonderful reference. My dad worked for the Great Northern Railroad in Montana, along with alot of his relatives who came out here for the jobs.He started when he was 14, in 1906, carrying ties. He retired in 1966, before its merger with the Burlington and the Northern Pacific routes. I have lots of wonderful memorabilia from his career... Great Northern and Glacier Park related items. Thanks again for the book reference.
alice


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