“The Train That Carried My Girl from Town”

Alternate titles: “Hate the Train the Carried My Girl from Town”
Author: possibly Frank Hutchison
Earliest date: 1926 (recording, Frank Hutchison)
Keywords: grief jealousy loneliness infidelity sex train travel abandonment railroading floatingverses lover hate
Found in: US(Ap,SE)

Description

Singer asks about the train that's just left; "if I knew the number I'd flag her down." He wishes it would wreck and kill the crew; "some low rounder stole my jelly roll." He asks if there's a woman a man can trust.

Long description

Singer asks about the train that's just left; "if I knew the number I'd flag her down." He wishes it would wreck and kill the crew; "some low rounder stole my jelly roll." He asks if there's a woman a man can trust. Chorus: "Hate that train that carried my girl from town/Hey, hey, hey"

Notes

A white blues; it's possible Hutchison composed this, but he also may have learned it from black musicians. Certainly his performance, with knife-slide guitar, sounds very African-American. - PJS

Cohen speculates that Hutchison had it from an acquaintance, Bill Hunt. It's not clear to me why Cohen lists Hunt rather than Hutchison; in any case, the song resembles other blues in that it has many floating lines. - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 426-430, "The Train That Carried My Girl from Town" (1 text plus a text of Maynard Britton's "I Wish That Train Would Wreck"; 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7027
  3. BI, RcTTCMGF