Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Category: Train Music Thursdays (Page 1 of 7)

John Henry

The legend is quite old, really.  We humans fear our abilities are exceeded by our creations.

Frankenstein, HAL, Big Data, John Henry.

John Henry said to his captain,
“A man is nothing but a man,
But before I let your steam drill beat me down,
I’d die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord,
    I’d die with a hammer in my hand.”

Freight Train Blues

I don’t think any piece of train music better conveys the feeling, than this:

 

Midnight

Gladys Knight and the Pips and the train song you will always associate with them.

Aretha Franklin takes it to another level.

 

Midnight Special

The Midnight Special was a train that went past the Central Texas Penitentiary every night at, well, midnight.  Its headlight would shine through the windows.  The men inside drew hope of freedom from this nightly occurrence.

 

Lead Belly, 1939

This is probably the one you think of when you think of this song

 

Train in the Distance

As I have mentioned before, there are only so many titles to go around for train songs.  Here’s one that has been blogged here before….  Same title, different song.  Still marvelous.

 

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