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Coloring Club Plus — 8/12/19

Aug 12

Another one where the coloring has no connection with the song.  I’m watching an FX series borrowed from the library that somebody — can’t remember who — recommended in last week’s Song Lyric Sunday, called, “The Bridge”, which as been tying up more time than usual so I picked this pic because it looked like a quick one to do.  Wrong.  Steve Earle’s, “Train A Comin” played through (40 min) to the end and beyond.

“The Bridge” is *excellent* by the way.  The bridge is the bridge between El Paso, TX, and Juarez, Mexico.  A political-minded serial killer is loose who travels back and forth over the bridge to look for victims and pulls a journalist into the mess to make sure everything is documented.  Another unusual aspect are the law enforcement trying to crack the case:  the American detective is a pretty white woman with Asperger’s and the Mexican detective is a handsome Latino man who doesn’t take bribes.  It’s a gruesome, compelling story.

On with the music!

Per wikipedia:
Train a Comin’ is the fifth studio album by Steve Earle (his first in five years), released in 1995. In addition to Earle, it features Peter Rowan, Norman Blake, Roy Huskey, and Emmylou Harris. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Train a Comin’ was the first album recorded after Earle overcame his addiction to drugs in the fall of 1994, after being convicted for possession. Earle’s last studio album had been the 1990 album The Hard Way, and he essentially stopped touring by 1992 as his addiction worsened. Most of the songs on the album are older material written when Earle was in his late teens and twenties.

Earle drew on established bluegrass and acoustic instrumentalists for the album, which was a departure from his earlier work with backing band the Dukes. He said to an interviewer at the time that he was seeking an older sound, and the album was recorded in just five days. “I was goin’ for a sound where it sounded like old Opry stuff, where everybody stepped around the mike, which is real close to what we actually did. It ended up being even more of an organic record than I thought it was gonna be.

Personnel:
Steve Earle – guitar, high string guitar, 12 string guitar, harmonica, mandolin, vocals
Peter Rowan – mandolin, mandola, gut string guitars, vocals
Norman Blake – Hawaiian guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, guitar
Roy Huskey, Jr. – acoustic bass (and inspiration on “I’m Looking Through You”)
Emmylou Harris – vocals on “Nothin’ Without You” and “The Rivers of Babylon”

Mystery Train part II is the first track on the album. There are others I like as much or better, but this one doesn’t make me cry.  The musicianship is so good!  Being the curious person I am, I wondered if this is part II, where is part I.

Songfacts.com says:
“Mystery Train” was written and originally recorded by Junior Parker in 1953 for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records (Phillips gets a co-writing credit). Parker was a renowned Blues musician from Memphis who is best known for this song. He was known more for his singing than for his guitar playing, and never achieved the popularity of players like Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Parker was just 39 when he died in 1971 of a brain tumor.

Elvis Presley recorded the most famous version of this song, also on Sun Records, in 1955. His version was ranked #77 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is his best-known song that was never a hit – it was released as the B-side of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget.” Other artists to cover the song include Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Ricky Nelson, Tom Fogerty, and The Doors.

Wikipedia says about Mystery Train:
Music historian Colin Escott noted “One of the mysteries about ‘Mystery Train’ was where the title came from; it was mentioned nowhere in the song”. The song uses lyrics similar to those found in the traditional American folk music group Carter Family’s “Worried Man Blues“, itself based on an old Celtic ballad, and their biggest selling record of 1930:

The train arrived sixteen coaches long
The train arrived sixteen coaches long
The girl I love is on that train and gone

Parker’s lyrics include:

Train I ride sixteen coaches long
Train I ride sixteen coaches long
Well, that long black train carries my baby home

Today is going to be a Twofer. Enjoy!

There’s a train a comin’
There’s a train a comin
Hear them tracks a hummin’
There’s a train a comin’
Can’t you hear her blowin’
Can’t you hear her blowin’
Wonder where she’s goin’
Can’t you hear her blowin’

Run down to the station
Run down to the station
Dread and fascination
Run down to the station

Don’t you want to ride her
Don’t you want to ride her
Wonder what’s inside her
Don’t you want to ride her

She ain’t bound for nowhere
She ain’t bound for nowhere
Engineer just don’t care
She ain’t bound for nowhere

She run down the mountain
She run down the mountain
She won’t even slow down mmm down the mountain

There’s a train a comin’
There’s a train a comin’
Can’t you hear her hummin’
There’s a train a comin’
Songwriters: Steve Earle

Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Well, that long black train got my baby and gone

Train, train, comin’ ’round the bend
Train, train, comin’ ’round the bend
Well, it took my baby, but it never will again
No, not again

Train, train, comin’ down, down the line
Train, train, comin’ down, down the line
Well, it’s bringin’ my baby ’cause she’s mine, all mine
She’s mine, all mine

Train, train, comin’ ’round, ’round the bend
‘Round, ’round the bend
Train, train, comin’ ’round, ’round the bend
‘Round, ’round the bend
Well, it took my baby, but it never will again
Never will again

Songwriters: Herman Parker Jr. / Sam Phillips

 

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