“The Railroad Boomer”

Author: Carson J. Robison
Earliest date: 1929 (copyright and first recording)
Keywords: train travel rambling wife abandonment


"Come and gather all around me, listen to my tale of woe... Take a tip from one who's travelled, never start to ramblin' round, Yu're liable to get the wandr'rin fever." The singer plans to marry, but then hears a train; he asks to be buried by the tracks


Somewhere in here, there's a joke about Robison writing a science fiction story about the future life of Woody Guthrie.

This is another of the songs in Cohen that comes from the railroad/hillbilly genre but that can't be shown to have circulated in oral tradition. - RBW



  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 390-393, "" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, LSRai390